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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-1835-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-1835-2021
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10 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 10 Feb 2021

Effects of thermodynamics, dynamics and aerosols on cirrus clouds based on in situ observations and NCAR CAM6

Ryan Patnaude, Minghui Diao, Xiaohong Liu, and Suqian Chu

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A comprehensive, in situ observation dataset of cirrus clouds was developed based on seven field campaigns, ranging from 87° N–75° S. The observations were compared with a global climate model. Several key factors for cirrus cloud formation were examined, including thermodynamics, dynamics, aerosol indirect effects and geographical locations. Model biases include lower ice mass concentrations, smaller ice crystals and weaker aerosol indirect effects.
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