Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 823–845, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-823-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 823–845, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-823-2022
Research article
18 Jan 2022
Research article | 18 Jan 2022

Box model trajectory studies of contrail formation using a particle-based cloud microphysics scheme

Andreas Bier et al.

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We investigate contrail formation in an aircraft plume with a particle-based multi-trajectory 0D model. Due to the high plume heterogeneity, contrail ice crystals form first near the plume edge and then in the plume centre. The number of ice crystals varies strongly with ambient conditions and soot properties near the contrail formation threshold. Our results imply that the multi-trajectory approach does not necessarily lead to improved scientific results compared to a single mean trajectory.
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