An assessment of the impact of antishattering tips and artifact removal techniques on cloud ice size distributions measured by the 2D cloud probe

Robert C. Jackson, Greg M. Mcfarquhar, Jeff Stith, Matthew Beals, Raymond A. Shaw, Jorgen Jensen, Jacob Fugal, Alexei Korolev

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Abstract

Prior estimates of ice crystal size distributions derived from 2D cloud probes (2DCs) have been artificially amplified by small ice crystals generated from the shattering of large ice crystals on the probe tips. Although antishatter tips and algorithms exist, there is considerable uncertainty in their effectiveness. This paper examines differences in ice crystal size distributions from adjacent 2DCs with standard and antishatter tips, and processed with and without antishattering algorithms. The measurements were obtained from the National Research Council of Canada Convair-580 during the 2008 Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research C-130 during the 2011 Instrumentation Development and Education in Airborne Science (IDEAS-2011). The 2DC size distributions are compared with those from the Holographic Detector for Clouds (HOLODEC), which has antishatter tips and allows for identification of shattering through spatial statistics. The ratio of the number concentration N of particles with maximum dimensions 125-500 μm from the 2DC with standard tips to that from the 2DC with modified tips was correlated with median mass diameter and perimeter divided by area, but not with airspeed, attack, and attitude angles. Antishatter tips and algorithms reducedNby up to a factor of 10 for IDEAS-2011 and ISDAC, but neither alone removed all artifacts. For the period with coincident data, both N from the HOLODEC and 2DC with modified tips are around 5 × 10-3L-1 μm-1, suggesting that antishatter tips and algorithms combined remove artifacts from the 2DC for the conditions sampled during IDEAS-2011.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2567-2590
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Volume31
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Aircraft observations
  • Ice crystals
  • Instrumentation/sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science

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