Articles | Volume 18, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14351–14370, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14351–14370, 2018

Research article 09 Oct 2018

Research article | 09 Oct 2018

Ice crystal number concentration estimates from lidar–radar satellite remote sensing – Part 2: Controls on the ice crystal number concentration

Edward Gryspeerdt et al.

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The concentration of ice crystals in a cloud affects both the properties and the life cycle of the cloud. This work uses a new satellite retrieval to investigate controls on the ice crystal concentration at a global scale. Both temperature and vertical wind speed in a cloud have a strong impact on the concentration of ice crystals. The ice crystal number is also related to the aerosol environment; defining this relation opens up new ways to investigate human impacts on clouds and the climate.
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