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Ice Supersaturation

Gierens, Klaus and Spichtinger, Peter and Schumann, Ulrich (2012) Ice Supersaturation. In: Atmospheric Physics: Background - Methods - Trends Research Topics in Aerospace. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 135-150. ISBN 978-3-642-30182-7. ISSN 2194-8240

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Ice supersaturation is a frequent phenomenon in cold (below 0°C) regions of the atmosphere. Ice-supersaturated regions are regions where cirrus clouds can form and where condensation trails are long lasting (up to many hours). This article provides an introduction to the topic of ice supersaturation in the atmosphere. It gives answers to the following questions: What is relative humidity? What is the origin of ice supersaturation? Since when does one know about ice supersaturation in the atmosphere? Where does one find ice supersaturation in the atmosphere and how often? What are the properties of ice supersaturated regions? How important is ice supersaturation for the atmosphere, for the weather and for climate? And finally: Which are the highest values of ice supersaturation in the atmosphere?

Document Type:Book Section
Title:Ice Supersaturation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Gierens, Klaus DLR
Spichtinger, Peter Universität Mainz
Schumann, Ulrich DLR
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Physics: Background - Methods - Trends
Refereed publication:Yes
Page Range:pp. 135-150
Schumann, U.DLR
Publisher:Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Series Name:Research Topics in Aerospace
Keywords:Water vapour, Condensation and freezing, Cirrus clouds, Contrails, Metastable state
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Jana Freund
Deposited On:25 Jul 2012 15:42
Last Modified:13 Feb 2013 21:10

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