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Research article
02 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 02 Aug 2019

Response of Arctic mixed-phase clouds to aerosol perturbations under different surface forcings

Gesa K. Eirund, Anna Possner, and Ulrike Lohmann

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Low-level mixed-phase cloud (MPC) properties can be highly affected by the ambient aerosol concentration, especially in pristine environments like the Arctic. By employing high-resolution model simulations we investigate the response of a MPC over an open ocean and a sea ice surface to aerosol perturbations. While we find a strong initial sensitivity to changes in aerosol concentration in both cloud regimes, the magnitude as well as the long-term cloud response depends on the surface condition.
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