Articles | Volume 19, issue 12
Research article
27 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 27 Jun 2019

Contrail cirrus radiative forcing for future air traffic

Lisa Bock and Ulrike Burkhardt


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AR by Lisa Bock on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 May 2019) by Toshihiko Takemura
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 May 2019)
ED: Publish as is (23 May 2019) by Toshihiko Takemura
Short summary
The climate impact of air traffic is to a large degree caused by changes in cirrus cloudiness resulting from the formation of contrails. We use an atmospheric climate model with a contrail cirrus parameterization to investigate the climate impact of contrail cirrus for the year 2050. The strong increase in contrail cirrus radiative forcing due to the projected increase in air traffic volume cannot be compensated for by the reduction of soot emissions and by improvements in propulsion efficiency.
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