Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3483–3501, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3483-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3483–3501, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3483-2020
Research article
24 Mar 2020
Research article | 24 Mar 2020

Investigation of aerosol–cloud interactions under different absorptive aerosol regimes using Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) southern Great Plains (SGP) ground-based measurements

Xiaojian Zheng et al.

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The continental low-level stratiform cloud susceptibilities to aerosols were investigated under different absorptive aerosol regimes. The weakly absorbing aerosols, which are more hygroscopic, can better activate as cloud condensation nuclei. The favorable thermodynamic condition enhances the cloud susceptibility, while the cloud-layer heating effect induced by strongly absorbing aerosols dampens the cloud susceptibility. Overall, the clouds are more susceptible to the weakly absorbing aerosols.
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