Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 711–724, 2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 711–724, 2022
Research article
18 Jan 2022
Research article | 18 Jan 2022

Updraft dynamics and microphysics: on the added value of the cumulus thermal reference frame in simulations of aerosol–deep convection interactions

Daniel Hernandez-Deckers et al.

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We investigate how the concentration of aerosols (small particles that serve as seeds for cloud droplets) affect the dynamics of simulated clouds using two different frameworks, i.e., the traditional selection of cloudy rising grid points and tracking small-scale coherent rising features (cumulus thermals). By doing so, we find that these cumulus thermals reveal useful information about the coupling between internal cloud circulations and cloud droplet and raindrop formation.
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