EGU2020-11342, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Assessment of the impact of INP and CCN perturbations on mixed-phase cloud microphysics using a spectral-bin model and reference observations

Junghwa Lee1, Patric Seifert1, Tempei Hashino2, Roland Schrödner1, Michael Weger1, Fabian Senf1, and Oswald Knoth1
Junghwa Lee et al.
  • 1Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany
  • 2Kochi University of Technology, Kochi, Japan

Ice- and mixed-phase clouds largely contribute to global precipitation due to their high spatiotemporal coverage. It has been highlighted that aerosol-cloud interaction is a critical factor. However, our current understanding of the complexity of their microphysical properties is still rather limited.  

In this talk, we will discuss the impact of perturbations of the cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and ice-nucleating particle (INP) on the structure and composition of mixed-phase clouds. The main methods are ground-based observations (i.e., Ka-band polarimetric cloud radar) as well as the spectral-bin microphysical methodology called AMPS (Advanced Microphysics Prediction System). Until now, significant efforts have been underway to improve microphysical processes in AMPS, such as the schemes for immersion freezing and habit prediction. Despite these endeavors, it is still challenging using modeling alone to resolve such complexity of microphysical processes due to many parameterizations and assumptions. In particular, the ice habit prediction system in AMPS is sensitive to the 3-D Eulerian advection scheme. Meanwhile, the Doppler-spectra derived from polarimetric cloud radar enables us to retrieve the hydrometeor habit of the significant signal peak in the Doppler spectrum of mixed-phase clouds. The synergy between the above mentioned advanced modeling approach and state-of-the-art observation techniques are in our study used to evaluate the effects of the CCN and INP perturbations on mixed-phase clouds. 

The steps are as follows. First of all, we will present the evaluation of a case study of a mixed-phase cloud by observation data. In the course of the work, AMPS is coupled with the German weather prediction system COSMO (Consortium for Small-scale Modeling) model. We choose an observation dataset from the ACCEPT (Analysis of the Composition of Clouds with Extended Polarization Techniques) field campaign in Cabauw, Netherlands, which was conducted during fall 2014. Also, we use the radar forward operator CR-SIM (Cloud Resolving Model Radar Simulator) that translates the dataset of simulation output into radar variables. Therefore, we will present direct comparisons between ground-based observation and modeling datasets. In the next step, AMPS is coupled with a simple 1-D dynamic core KiD (Kinematic Driver for microphysics intercomparison), so-called KiD-AMPS. In doing so, we will discuss the comparison with other schemes (i.e., Morrison 2-moment). Finally, in the frame of KiD-AMPS, we will debate the impact of the CCN and INP perturbations on mixed-phase clouds. 

How to cite: Lee, J., Seifert, P., Hashino, T., Schrödner, R., Weger, M., Senf, F., and Knoth, O.: Assessment of the impact of INP and CCN perturbations on mixed-phase cloud microphysics using a spectral-bin model and reference observations, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-11342,, 2020

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