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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13833-13848, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13833-2017
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Research article
21 Nov 2017
Sensitivity of surface temperature to radiative forcing by contrail cirrus in a radiative-mixing model
Ulrich Schumann and Bernhard Mayer
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RC1: 'Review of Sensitivity of surface temperature to radiative forcing by cirrus and contrails in a radiative-convective model', Anonymous Referee #1, 22 Jun 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
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RC2: 'Review of Schumann and Mayer: Sensitivity of surface temperature to radiative forcing by cirrus and contrails in a radiative-convective model', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Jul 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (23 Aug 2017)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Aug 2017) by Johannes Quaas
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Sep 2017)  
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 Sep 2017)  
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (03 Oct 2017) by Johannes Quaas  
AR by Ulrich Schumann on behalf of the Authors (06 Oct 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Oct 2017) by Johannes Quaas
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It is generally assumed that a positive radiative forcing of the atmosphere implies a warming of the Earth surface. This assumption is valid for well-mixed greenhouse gases but is not guaranteed for disturbances which cause a vertically variable radiative heating rate profile with warming in the upper troposphere and cooling near the surface. This conceptual study shows that the warming induced by contrail cirrus prevails only for fast vertical heat exchange by mixing within the troposphere.
It is generally assumed that a positive radiative forcing of the atmosphere implies a warming of...
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