Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6093–6109, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6093-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 6093–6109, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-6093-2021

Research article 26 Apr 2021

Research article | 26 Apr 2021

Observing the timescales of aerosol–cloud interactions in snapshot satellite images

Edward Gryspeerdt et al.

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Cloud responses to aerosol are time-sensitive, but this development is rarely observed. This study uses isolated aerosol perturbations from ships to measure this development and shows that macrophysical (width, cloud fraction, detectability) and microphysical (droplet number) properties of ship tracks vary strongly with time since emission, background cloud and meteorological state. This temporal development should be considered when constraining aerosol–cloud interactions with observations.
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