Articles | Volume 20, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 15297–15306, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 15297–15306, 2020

Research article 09 Dec 2020

Research article | 09 Dec 2020

Sensitivity of warm clouds to large particles in measured marine aerosol size distributions – a theoretical study

Tom Dror et al.


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AR by Ilan Koren on behalf of the Authors (11 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Oct 2020) by Xiaohong Liu
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (19 Oct 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Nov 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Nov 2020) by Xiaohong Liu
Short summary
We used in situ aerosol measurements over the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific to initialize a cloud model and study the impact of aerosol concentration and sizes on warm clouds. We show that high aerosol concentration increases cloud mass and reduces surface rain when giant particles (diameter > 9 µm) are present. The large aerosols changed the timing and magnitude of internal cloud processes and resulted in an enhanced evaporation below cloud base and dramatically reduced surface rain.
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