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Comparison of cirrus clouds in naturally and anthropogenically influenced regions of the atmosphere

Maximilian Dollner1, Josef Gasteiger1, Charles A. Brock2, Manuel Schöberl1, Christina Williamson2,3, Agnieszka Kupc1,2, Anne Philipp1,4, Petra Seibert4,5, Karl Froyd2,3, Gregory P. Schill2,3, Daniel M. Murphy2, Glenn Diskin6, T. Paul Bui7, and Bernadett Weinzierl1
Maximilian Dollner et al.
  • 1Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 3Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 4Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 5Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • 6NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA
  • 7NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, USA

Cirrus clouds are an important contributor to the uncertainty of future climate prediction, especially due to the weak understanding of anthropogenic impacts on cirrus clouds.

We investigate aerosol and cloud microphysical properties of the remote atmosphere over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from about 80°N to 86°S and the region in the Mediterranean using airborne aerosol and cloud measurements of the entire atmospheric column up to approx. 13 km from the ATom (Atmospheric Tomography; 2016-2018) and the A-LIFE (Absorbing aerosol layers in a changing climate: aging, lifetime and dynamics; 2017) field experiments, respectively. Aerosol microphysical properties are retrieved from in-situ measurements of aerosol particle size distributions between 0.003 and 50 µm, single particle mass spectrometry as well as simulations with the Lagrangian transport and dispersion model FLEXPART. The microphysical properties of cirrus clouds are obtained from size distribution measurements covering the range between 3 and 930 µm.

In this study we show microphysical properties of aerosols and cirrus clouds in regions with high mineral dust concentrations as well as pristine and anthropogenic influenced regions in order to advance the knowledge of the natural and anthropogenic impact on cirrus clouds.  We present comparisons of ice crystal number concentrations, aerosol and cloud particle size distributions, and meteorological conditions of cirrus clouds in the above-mentioned regions of the atmosphere.

How to cite: Dollner, M., Gasteiger, J., Brock, C. A., Schöberl, M., Williamson, C., Kupc, A., Philipp, A., Seibert, P., Froyd, K., Schill, G. P., Murphy, D. M., Diskin, G., Bui, T. P., and Weinzierl, B.: Comparison of cirrus clouds in naturally and anthropogenically influenced regions of the atmosphere, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-16472,, 2020.


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