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Reply to Comment on 'Nucleation of mesospheric cloud particles: Sensitivities and limits'

Wilms, Henrike and Rapp, Markus and Kirsch, Annekatrin (2019) Reply to Comment on 'Nucleation of mesospheric cloud particles: Sensitivities and limits'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124 (4), pp. 3167-3172. Wiley. DOI: 10.1029/2018JA025876 ISSN 0148-0227

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The nucleation process of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) is not yet understood in detail. Furthermore, there seems to be disagreement on how the number density of MSPs (NMSP) influences the observable properties of NLCs, even when considering the same theoretical framework of classical nucleation theory. The question how the observable NLC properties depend on NMSP was first studied systematically by M11 where she concluded that "the observable quantities of NLCs, such as ice mass and cloud brightness, are much lesssensitive to the concentration of CN [condensation nuclei] than what previously has been believed". In our study (WRK16) we came to the conclusion that there is a "clear relationship between initial MSP number density or nucleation conditions, in general, and the observed NLC properties". In a comment on WRK16, M19 argues that the differences are smaller than they first appear.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127067/
Document Type:Article
Title:Reply to Comment on 'Nucleation of mesospheric cloud particles: Sensitivities and limits'
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Rapp, MarkusDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1508-5900
Kirsch, AnnekatrinInstitut für Atmosphärenphysik, KühlungsbornUNSPECIFIED
Date:5 April 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1029/2018JA025876
Page Range:pp. 3167-3172
Keywords:Sensitivity of NLC, large vertical winds, NLC propertiers
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):Vorhaben Mittlere Atmosphäre
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Transport Meteorology
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Deposited By: Ziegele, Brigitte
Deposited On:05 Apr 2019 07:52
Last Modified:27 May 2020 15:18

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