Measuring ice- and liquid-water properties in mixed-phase cloud layers at the Leipzig Cloudnet station

Bühl, Johannes; Seifert, Patric; Myagkov, Alexander; Ansmann, Albert

An analysis of the Cloudnet data set collected at Leipzig, Germany, with special focus on mixed-phase layered clouds is presented. We derive liquid- and ice-water content together with vertical motions of ice particles falling through cloud base. The ice mass flux is calculated by combining measurements of ice-water content and particle Doppler velocity. The efficiency of heterogeneous ice formation and its impact on cloud lifetime is estimated for different cloud-top temperatures by relating the ice mass flux and the liquid-water content at cloud top. Cloud radar measurements of polarization and Doppler velocity indicate that ice crystals formed in mixed-phase cloud layers with a geometrical thickness of less than 350 m are mostly pristine when they fall out of the cloud.

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Bühl, Johannes / Seifert, Patric / Myagkov, Alexander / et al: Measuring ice- and liquid-water properties in mixed-phase cloud layers at the Leipzig Cloudnet station. 2016. Copernicus Publications.

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