Articles | Volume 18, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6393–6411, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6393–6411, 2018

Research article 07 May 2018

Research article | 07 May 2018

Contrails and their impact on shortwave radiation and photovoltaic power production – a regional model study

Simon Gruber et al.

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A numerical model also used for operational weather forecast was applied to investigate the impact of contrails and contrail cirrus on the radiative fluxes at the earth's surface. Accounting for contrails produced by aircraft enables the model to simulate high clouds that are otherwise missing. In a case study, we find that the effect of these extra clouds is to reduce the incoming shortwave radiation at the surface as well as the production of photovoltaic power by up to 10 %.
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