Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4015–4031, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4015-2018

Special issue: ML-CIRRUS – the airborne experiment on natural cirrus...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4015–4031, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4015-2018

Research article 11 Jul 2018

Research article | 11 Jul 2018

Ice particle sampling from aircraft – influence of the probing position on the ice water content

Armin Afchine et al.

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HALO database HALO consortium https://doi.org/10.17616/R39Q0T

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The ice water content (IWC) of cirrus clouds is an essential parameter that determines their radiative properties and is thus important for climate simulations. Experimental investigations of IWCs measured on board research aircraft reveal that their accuracy is influenced by the sampling position. IWCs detected at the aircraft roof deviate significantly from wing, side or bottom IWCs. The reasons are deflections of the gas streamlines and ice particle trajectories behind the aircraft cockpit.