Clouds are an integral part of the atmosphere, critical components of the hydrological cycle, and a major modifier of climate. Clouds form and develop in complex ways that depend on the characteristics of the ambient aerosol population and on the thermodynamic and dynamic structure of the atmosphere. The hydrologic cycle depends on the formation of precipitation that in turn is directly related to the microphysical properties of clouds. The accuracy of weather forecasting and climate simulations are dependent on how cloud microphysical properties are represented in these models. Instruments from Droplet enable cloud measurements from all over the world, during different seasons and under a wide range of conditions – helping improve weather forecasting and build confidence in models that predict climate change.
Discoveries that matter
The Droplet suite of sensors provide data on every atmospheric particle relevant to the formation and evolution of all types of clouds and the subsequent development of rain and snow. From aerosol particles that can form water droplets and ice crystals to liquid water content, precipitation data, and more, researchers can find the answers they need with Droplet.
The mechanism of first raindrops formation in deep convective clouds
The formation of first raindrops in deep convective clouds is investigated.Read More
Properties of small cirrus ice crystals from commercial aircraft measurements and implications for flight operations
Measurements of cloud ice crystal size distributions made by a backscatter cloud probe (BCP) mounted on five commercial airliners...Read More
A microphysics guide to cirrus clouds – Part 1: Cirrus types
Our study aims to provide a guide to cirrus microphysics, which is compiled from an extensive set of model simulations, covering the broad range of atmospheric conditions for cirrus formation and evolution...Read More