Articles | Volume 17, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7435–7444, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7435-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7435–7444, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7435-2017

Research article 20 Jun 2017

Research article | 20 Jun 2017

Time-dependent, non-monotonic response of warm convective cloud fields to changes in aerosol loading

Guy Dagan et al.

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Large eddy simulations with bin microphysics are used to study cloud fields' sensitivity to changes in aerosol loading and the time evolution of this response. We show that the mean field properties change with a non-monotonic trend, with an optimum aerosol concentration for which the field reaches its maximal water mass or rain yield. The evolution of the mean thermodynamic properties is studied and shown to cause the migration of the optimal aerosol concentration toward higher values.
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