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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8909-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8909-2018
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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, Jan Henneberger, Jacob P. Fugal, Robert O. David, Larissa Lacher, and Ulrike Lohmann

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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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