Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17545–17572, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17545-2018

Special issue: ML-CIRRUS – the airborne experiment on natural cirrus...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17545–17572, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17545-2018

Research article 11 Dec 2018

Research article | 11 Dec 2018

The impact of mineral dust on cloud formation during the Saharan dust event in April 2014 over Europe

Michael Weger et al.

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The impact of desert dust on cloud formation is investigated for a major Saharan dust event over Europe by interactive regional dust modeling. Dust particles are very efficient ice-nucleating particles promoting the formation of ice crystals in clouds. The simulations show that the observed extensive cirrus development was likely related to the above-average dust load. The interactive dust–cloud feedback in the model significantly improves the agreement with aircraft and satellite observations.
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