Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Research article
21 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 21 Nov 2017

Sensitivity of surface temperature to radiative forcing by contrail cirrus in a radiative-mixing model

Ulrich Schumann and Bernhard Mayer


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (23 Aug 2017)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Aug 2017) by Johannes Quaas
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Sep 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 Sep 2017)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (03 Oct 2017) by Johannes Quaas
AR by Ulrich Schumann on behalf of the Authors (06 Oct 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Oct 2017) by Johannes Quaas
Short summary
It is generally assumed that a positive radiative forcing of the atmosphere implies a warming of the Earth surface. This assumption is valid for well-mixed greenhouse gases but is not guaranteed for disturbances which cause a vertically variable radiative heating rate profile with warming in the upper troposphere and cooling near the surface. This conceptual study shows that the warming induced by contrail cirrus prevails only for fast vertical heat exchange by mixing within the troposphere.
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