Articles | Volume 18, issue 21
Research article
30 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 30 Oct 2018

Widespread polar stratospheric ice clouds in the 2015–2016 Arctic winter – implications for ice nucleation

Christiane Voigt, Andreas Dörnbrack, Martin Wirth, Silke M. Groß, Michael C. Pitts, Lamont R. Poole, Robert Baumann, Benedikt Ehard, Björn-Martin Sinnhuber, Wolfgang Woiwode, and Hermann Oelhaf


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AR by Christiane Voigt on behalf of the Authors (10 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Aug 2018) by Robyn Schofield
RR by Michael Fromm (23 Aug 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 Sep 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Oct 2018) by Robyn Schofield
AR by Christiane Voigt on behalf of the Authors (12 Oct 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The 2015–2016 stratospheric winter was the coldest in the 36-year climatological data record. The extreme conditions promoted the formation of persistent Arctic polar stratospheric ice clouds. An extended ice PSC detected by airborne lidar in January 2016 shows a second mode with higher particle depolarization ratios. Back-trajectories from the high-depol ice matched to CALIOP PSC curtains provide evidence for ice nucleation on NAT. The novel data consolidate our understanding of PSC formation.
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