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Research article
09 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 09 Nov 2023

Sensitivity of cirrus and contrail radiative effect on cloud microphysical and environmental parameters

Kevin Wolf, Nicolas Bellouin, and Olivier Boucher

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Cirrus and contrails considerably impact Earth's energy budget. Such ice clouds can have a positive (warming) or negative (cooling) net radiative effect (RE), which depends on cloud and ambient properties. The effect of eight parameters on the cloud RE is estimated. In total, 283 500 radiative transfer simulations have been performed, spanning the typical parameter ranges associated with cirrus and contrails. Specific cases are selected and discussed. The data set is publicly available.
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