Journal cover Journal topic
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Journal topic

Journal metrics

Journal metrics

  • IF value: 5.509 IF 5.509
  • IF 5-year value: 5.689 IF 5-year 5.689
  • CiteScore value: 5.44 CiteScore 5.44
  • SNIP value: 1.519 SNIP 1.519
  • SJR value: 3.032 SJR 3.032
  • IPP value: 5.37 IPP 5.37
  • h5-index value: 86 h5-index 86
  • Scimago H index value: 161 Scimago H index 161
Discussion papers | Copyright
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2018-275
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 16 Apr 2018

Research article | 16 Apr 2018

Review status
This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of the manuscript is under review for the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP).

An update on global atmospheric ice estimates from satellite observations and reanalyses

David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson
  • Department of Earth, Space, and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296, Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstract. This study assesses the global distribution of mean atmospheric ice mass from current state-of-the-art estimates and its variability on daily and seasonal timescales. Ice water path (IWP) retrievals from active and passive satellite platforms are compared and analysed against estimates from two reanalysis datasets, ERA5 (European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts Reanalysis 5) and MERRA-2 (Modern-era Retrospective Reanalysis for Research and Applications 2). Large discrepancies in IWP exist between the satellite datasets themselves, making validation of the model results problematic and indicating that progress towards consensus on the distribution of atmospheric ice has been limited. Comparing the datasets, zonal means of IWP exhibit similar shapes but differing magnitudes. Diurnal analysis centred on A-Train overpasses shows homologous structures in some regions, but the degree and sign of the variability varies widely; the reanalyses exhibit noisier and higher amplitude diurnal variability than borne out by the satellite estimates. Spatial structures governed by the atmospheric general circulation are fairly consistent across the datasets, as principal component analysis shows that the patterns of seasonal variability line up well between the datasets but disagree in severity. These results underscore the limitations of the current Earth observing system with respect to atmospheric ice, as the level of consensus between observations is mixed. The large-scale variability of IWP is relatively consistent, whereas disagreements on diurnal variability and global means point to varying microphysical assumptions in retrievals and models alike that seem to underlie the biggest differences.

Download & links
David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson
Interactive discussion
Status: final response (author comments only)
Status: final response (author comments only)
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
[Login for Authors/Co-Editors] [Subscribe to comment alert] Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement
David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson
David Ian Duncan and Patrick Eriksson
Viewed
Total article views: 315 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)
HTML PDF XML Total BibTeX EndNote
229 79 7 315 10 10
  • HTML: 229
  • PDF: 79
  • XML: 7
  • Total: 315
  • BibTeX: 10
  • EndNote: 10
Views and downloads (calculated since 16 Apr 2018)
Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 16 Apr 2018)
Viewed (geographical distribution)
Total article views: 315 (including HTML, PDF, and XML) Thereof 315 with geography defined and 0 with unknown origin.
Country # Views %
  • 1
1
 
 
 
 
Cited
Saved
No saved metrics found.
Discussed
No discussed metrics found.
Latest update: 17 Jul 2018
Publications Copernicus
Download
Short summary
Ice cloud mass is assessed on a global scale using the latest satellite and reanalysis datasets. While ice cloud variability driven by large-scale circulations is an area of relative consensus, models and observations disagree strongly on the overall magnitude and finer-scale variability of atmospheric ice mass. The results speak to limitations of the current Earth observing system and indicate ice microphysical assumptions as the likely culprit of disagreement.
Ice cloud mass is assessed on a global scale using the latest satellite and reanalysis datasets....
Citation
Share