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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-12543-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-12543-2021
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23 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2021

Analysis of aerosol–cloud interactions and their implications for precipitation formation using aircraft observations over the United Arab Emirates

Youssef Wehbe, Sarah A. Tessendorf, Courtney Weeks, Roelof Bruintjes, Lulin Xue, Roy Rasmussen, Paul Lawson, Sarah Woods, and Marouane Temimi

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The role of dust aerosols as ice-nucleating particles is well established in the literature, whereas their role as cloud condensation nuclei is less understood, particularly in polluted desert environments. We analyze coincident aerosol size distributions and cloud particle imagery collected over the UAE with a research aircraft. Despite the presence of ultra-giant aerosol sizes associated with dust, an active collision–coalescence process is not observed within the limited depths of warm cloud.
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