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A methodology for in-situ and remote sensing of microphysical and radiative properties of contrails as they evolve into cirrus

Jones, H. M., Haywood, J., Marenco, F., O'Sullivan, D., Meyer, J., Thorpe, R., Gallagher, M. W., Krämer, M., Bower, K. N., Radel, G., Rap, A., Woolley, A., Forster, P. and Coe, H. (2012) A methodology for in-situ and remote sensing of microphysical and radiative properties of contrails as they evolve into cirrus. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12. pp. 8157-8175. ISSN 1680-7316

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5194/acp-12-8157-2012

Abstract/Summary

Contrails and especially their evolution into cirrus-like clouds are thought to have very important effects on local and global radiation budgets, though are generally not well represented in global climate models. Lack of contrail parameterisations is due to the limited availability of in situ contrail measurements which are difficult to obtain. Here we present a methodology for successful sampling and interpretation of contrail microphysical and radiative data using both in situ and remote sensing instrumentation on board the FAAM BAe146 UK research aircraft as part of the COntrails Spreading Into Cirrus (COSIC) study.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:33425
Publisher:Copernicus Publications

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