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Title: STORMVEX. Ice Nuclei and Cloud Condensation Nuclei Characterization Field Campaign Report

The relationship between aerosol particles and the formation of clouds is among the most uncertain aspects in our current understanding of climate change. Warm clouds have been the most extensively studied, in large part because they are normally close to the Earth’s surface and only contain large concentrations of liquid droplets. Ice and mixed-phase clouds have been less studied even though they have extensive global coverage and dominate precipitation formation. Because they require low temperatures to form, both cloud types are infrequently found at ground level, resulting in more difficult field studies. Complex mixtures of liquid and ice elements, normally at much lower concentrations than found in warm clouds, require precise separation techniques and accurate identification of phase. Because they have proved so difficult to study, the climatic impact of ice-containing clouds remains unresolved. In this study, cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations and associated single particles’ composition and size were measured at a high-elevation research site—Storm Peak Lab, east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, operated by the Desert Research Institute. Detailed composition analyses were presented to compare CCN activation with single-particle composition. In collaboration with the scientists of the Storm Peak Lab Cloud Property Validation Experiment (STORMVEX), our goal was tomore » relate these findings to the cloud characteristics and the effect of anthropogenic activities.« less
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
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Technical Report
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DOE ARM Climate Research Facility, Washington, DC (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States