Articles | Volume 17, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4599–4609, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4599-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4599–4609, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4599-2017

Research article 07 Apr 2017

Research article | 07 Apr 2017

The role of the gamma function shape parameter in determining differences between condensation rates in bin and bulk microphysics schemes

Adele L. Igel and Susan C. van den Heever

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AR by Adele Igel on behalf of the Authors (08 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Aug 2016) by Eric Jensen
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (16 Sep 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (20 Sep 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (07 Dec 2016) by Eric Jensen
AR by Adele Igel on behalf of the Authors (24 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Mar 2017) by Eric Jensen
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We ran simulations of cumulus clouds with bin and bulk microphysics schemes and compared the predicted condensation rates. Differences are predominantly due to the use of a fixed shape parameter in bulk models. The shape parameter is poorly constrained by observations and requires further study.
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