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Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3463–3483, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3463-2016
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3463–3483, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3463-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Research article 16 Mar 2016

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A microphysics guide to cirrus clouds – Part 1: Cirrus types

Martina Krämer et al.

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A guide to cirrus clouds is compiled from extensive model simulations and aircraft observations. Two types of cirrus are found: rather thin in situ cirrus that form directly as ice and thicker liquid origin cirrus consisting of uplifted frozen liquid drops. Over Europe, thinner in situ and liquid origin cirrus occur often together with frontal systems, while over the US and the Tropics, thick liquid origin cirrus formed in large convective systems are detected more frequently.
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