Articles | Volume 18, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14949–14964, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14949-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14949–14964, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14949-2018

Research article 18 Oct 2018

Research article | 18 Oct 2018

A satellite-based estimate of combustion aerosol cloud microphysical effects over the Arctic Ocean

Lauren M. Zamora et al.

Data sets

AIRS/Aqua L3 Daily Standard Physical Retrieval (AIRS+AMSU) 1 degree x 1 degree V006 AIRS Science Team/Joao Texeira https://doi.org/10.5067/Aqua/AIRS/DATA301

ETOPO1 1 Arc-Minute Global Relief Model: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis C. Amante and B. W. Eakins https://doi.org/10.7289/V5C8276M

CALIPSO/CALIOP Level 2, Lidar 5km Merged Aerosol and Cloud Layer Data, version 4.10 CALIPSO Science Team https://doi.org/10.5067/CALIOP/CALIPSO/LID_L2_05kmMLay-Standard-V4-10

NOAA/NSIDC Climate Data Record of Passive Microwave Sea Ice Concentration, Version 2. [G02202] W. Meier, F. Fetterer, M. Savoie, S. Mallory, R. Duerr, and J. C. Stroeve https://doi.org/10.7265/N55M63M1

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We use satellite data and model output to estimate how airborne particles (aerosols) affect cloud ice particles and droplets over the Arctic Ocean. Aerosols from sources like smoke and pollution can change cloud cover, precipitation frequency, and the portion of liquid- vs. ice-containing clouds, which in turn can impact the surface energy budget. By improving our understanding these aerosol–cloud interactions, this work can help climate predictions for the rapidly changing Arctic.
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