Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17267–17289, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17267-2021

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17267–17289, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17267-2021

Research article 30 Nov 2021

Research article | 30 Nov 2021

Exploring the uncertainties in the aviation soot–cirrus effect

Mattia Righi et al.

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A global climate model is applied to simulate the impact of aviation soot on natural cirrus clouds. A large number of numerical experiments are performed to analyse how the quantification of the resulting climate impact is affected by known uncertainties. These concern the ability of aviation soot to nucleate ice and the role of model dynamics. Our results show that both aspects are important for the quantification of this effect and that discrepancies among different model studies still exist.
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