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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-2153-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-2153-2022
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16 Feb 2022
Research article |  | 16 Feb 2022

Importance of aerosols and shape of the cloud droplet size distribution for convective clouds and precipitation

Christian Barthlott, Amirmahdi Zarboo, Takumi Matsunobu, and Christian Keil

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The relative impact of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations and the shape parameter of the cloud droplet size distribution is evaluated in realistic convection-resolving simulations. We find that an increase in the shape parameter can produce almost as large a variation in precipitation as a CCN increase from maritime to polluted conditions. The choice of the shape parameter may be more important than previously thought for determining cloud radiative characteristics.
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