Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Arctic mixed-phase clouds: simulation and comparison with in situ measurements

Arctic mixed-phase clouds: simulation and comparison with in situ measurements

Eis- und Flüssigwassergehalt in einer Arktischen Wolke
Liquid and ice water content in an Arctic stratocumulus cloud

Contact: Dr. Katharina Loewe

The Arctic is a highly sensitive region and vulnerable to changes in climate. Clouds play an important role for the surface energy budget. The purposes of this study is to simulate arctic mixed-phase clouds with a high resolution model. To adjust the model and to compare cloud properties of the measurements and of the simulations, clouds which occurred during the campaign VERDI  (Vertical Distribution of Ice in Arctic Clouds) will be analyzed. A closer look will be at the microphysical and optical properties of an Arctic mixed-phase cloud. Further, the model will be refined related to different land surfaces (ice, ocean) and therefore different heat fluxes.