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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate SystemTheir Relationship to Energy Balance, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Precipitation$
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Jost Heintzenberg and Robert J. Charlson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012874

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.001.0001

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Cloud Particle Precursors

Cloud Particle Precursors

Chapter:
13 (p.291) Cloud Particle Precursors
Source:
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Sonia M. Kreidenweis

Markus D. Petters

Patrick Y. Chuang

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0013

This chapter discusses the characteristic parameters of cloud particle precursors and the sensitivities of warm (liquid) and cold (mixed-phase and ice) cloud formation relevant to particle properties. It focuses on the atmospheric aerosol, linking various particle sources to their contributions to cloud particle precursor populations. The chapter also discusses how past and future changes in aerosol sources might influence cloud particle precursor types, properties, and concentrations.

Keywords:   cloud particle precursors, cloud formation, aerosol, ice clouds, mixed-phase clouds, atmospheric aerosol

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