Articles | Volume 18, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 11205–11219, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-11205-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 11205–11219, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-11205-2018

Research article 13 Aug 2018

Research article | 13 Aug 2018

An update on global atmospheric ice estimates from satellite observations and reanalyses

David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson

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AR by David Duncan on behalf of the Authors (22 Jun 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Jul 2018) by Michael Pitts
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Jul 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (11 Jul 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (24 Jul 2018) by Michael Pitts
AR by David Duncan on behalf of the Authors (25 Jul 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (26 Jul 2018) by Michael Pitts
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Ice cloud mass is assessed on a global scale using the latest satellite and reanalysis datasets. While ice cloud variability driven by large-scale circulations is an area of relative consensus, models and observations disagree strongly on the overall magnitude and finer-scale variability of atmospheric ice mass. The results reflect limitations of the current Earth observing system and indicate ice microphysical assumptions as the likely culprit of disagreement.
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