Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8909–8927, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8909–8927, 2018

Research article 27 Jun 2018

Research article | 27 Jun 2018

Impact of surface and near-surface processes on ice crystal concentrations measured at mountain-top research stations

Alexander Beck et al.


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Jun 2018) by Ottmar Möhler
Short summary
This study assesses the impact of surface processes (e.g. blowing snow) on in situ cloud observations at Sonnblick Observatory. Vertical profiles of ice crystal number concentrations (ICNCs) above a snow-covered surface were observed up to a height of 10 m. The ICNC near the ground is at least a factor of 2 larger than at 10 m. Therefore, in situ measurements of ICNCs at mountain-top research stations close to the surface are strongly influenced by surface processes and overestimate the ICNC.
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