Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 665–679, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-665-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 665–679, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-665-2021

Opinion 18 Jan 2021

Opinion | 18 Jan 2021

Opinion: Cloud-phase climate feedback and the importance of ice-nucleating particles

Benjamin J. Murray et al.

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AR by Benjamin Murray on behalf of the Authors (07 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Dec 2020) by Thomas Koop
AR by Benjamin Murray on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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The balance between the amounts of ice and supercooled water in clouds over the world's oceans strongly influences how much these clouds can dampen or amplify global warming. Aerosol particles which catalyse ice formation can dramatically reduce the amount of supercooled water in clouds; hence we argue that we need a concerted effort to improve our understanding of these ice-nucleating particles if we are to improve our predictions of climate change.
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