1Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
2Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
3Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
4School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Received: 01 Aug 2014 – Discussion started: 28 Aug 2014
Abstract. Terminology dealing with ice nucleation in the atmosphere, in biological systems, and in other areas has not kept pace with the growth of empirical evidence and the development of new ideas over recent decades. Ambiguities and misinterpretations could be seen in the literature. This paper offers a set of definitions for various terms in common use, adds some qualifications, and introduces some new ones. Input has been received on the interpretation of various terms from a fair number of researchers; diverse views have been accommodated with some success. It is anticipated that the terminology proposed here will be helpful both to those who adopt it and to those who wish to explain a different perspective.
Revised: 22 Jul 2015 – Accepted: 20 Aug 2015 – Published: 16 Sep 2015
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Vali, G., DeMott, P. J., Möhler, O., and Whale, T. F.: Technical Note: A proposal for ice nucleation terminology, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10263-10270, doi:10.5194/acp-15-10263-2015, 2015.