Articles | Volume 17, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12145-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12145-2017
Research article
 | 
12 Oct 2017
Research article |  | 12 Oct 2017

Uncertainty from the choice of microphysics scheme in convection-permitting models significantly exceeds aerosol effects

Bethan White, Edward Gryspeerdt, Philip Stier, Hugh Morrison, Gregory Thompson, and Zak Kipling

Related authors

Aerosol effects on deep convection: the propagation of aerosol perturbations through convective cloud microphysics
Max Heikenfeld, Bethan White, Laurent Labbouz, and Philip Stier
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2601–2627, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-2601-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-2601-2019, 2019
Short summary
Evaluating the diurnal cycle in cloud top temperature from SEVIRI
Sarah Taylor, Philip Stier, Bethan White, Stephan Finkensieper, and Martin Stengel
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7035–7053, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7035-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7035-2017, 2017
Short summary
Wet scavenging limits the detection of aerosol effects on precipitation
E. Gryspeerdt, P. Stier, B. A. White, and Z. Kipling
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7557–7570, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7557-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7557-2015, 2015
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Clouds and Precipitation | Research Activity: Atmospheric Modelling and Data Analysis | Altitude Range: Troposphere | Science Focus: Physics (physical properties and processes)
Microphysical characteristics of precipitation within convective overshooting over East China observed by GPM DPR and ERA5
Nan Sun, Gaopeng Lu, and Yunfei Fu
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 24, 7123–7135, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-7123-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-7123-2024, 2024
Short summary
Effects of radiative cooling on advection fog over the northwest Pacific Ocean: observations and large-eddy simulations
Liu Yang, Saisai Ding, Jing-Wu Liu, and Su-Ping Zhang
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 24, 6809–6824, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6809-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6809-2024, 2024
Short summary
Evaluating the Wegener–Bergeron–Findeisen process in ICON in large-eddy mode with in situ observations from the CLOUDLAB project
Nadja Omanovic, Sylvaine Ferrachat, Christopher Fuchs, Jan Henneberger, Anna J. Miller, Kevin Ohneiser, Fabiola Ramelli, Patric Seifert, Robert Spirig, Huiying Zhang, and Ulrike Lohmann
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 24, 6825–6844, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6825-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6825-2024, 2024
Short summary
Aerosol-induced closure of marine cloud cells: enhanced effects in the presence of precipitation
Matthew W. Christensen, Peng Wu, Adam C. Varble, Heng Xiao, and Jerome D. Fast
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 24, 6455–6476, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6455-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-6455-2024, 2024
Short summary
Impact of ice multiplication on the cloud electrification of a cold-season thunderstorm: a numerical case study
Jing Yang, Shiye Huang, Tianqi Yang, Qilin Zhang, Yuting Deng, and Yubao Liu
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 24, 5989–6010, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-5989-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-24-5989-2024, 2024
Short summary

Cited articles

Albrecht, B.: Aerosols, cloud microphysics, and fractional cloudiness, Science, 245, 1227–1230, 1989.
Altaratz, O., Koren, I., Remer, L., and Hirsch, E.: Review: Cloud invigoration by aerosols Coupling between microphysics and dynamics, Atmos. Res., 140–141, 38–60, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2014.01.009, 2014.
Beljaars, A.: The parameterization of surface fluxes in large-scale models under free convection, Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 121, 225–270, 1994.
Berry, E. and Reinhardt, R.: An analysis of cloud drop growth by collection: Part I. Double distributions, J. Atmos. Sci., 31, 1814–1824, 1974.
Blyth, A., Lowenstein, J., Huang, Y., Cui, Z., Davies, S., and Carslaw, K.: The production of warm rain in shallowmaritime cumulus clouds, Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 139, 20–31, 2013.
Download
Short summary
Aerosols influence cloud and precipitation by modifying cloud droplet number concentrations (CDNCs). We simulate three different types of convective cloud using two different cloud microphysics parameterisations. The simulated cloud and precipitation depends much more strongly on the choice of microphysics scheme than on CDNC. The uncertainty differs between types of convection. Our results highlight a large uncertainty in cloud and precipitation responses to aerosol in current models.
Altmetrics
Final-revised paper
Preprint