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Title: Comprehensive assessment of meteorological conditions and airflow connectivity during HCCT-2010
Authors: Tilgner, A.Schöne, L.Bräuer, P.van Pinxteren, D.Hoffmann, E.Spindler, G.Styler, S. A.Mertes, S.Birmili, W.Otto, R.Merkel, M.Weinhold, K.Wiedensohler, A.Deneke, H.Schrödner, R.Wolke, R.Schneider, J.Haunold, W.Engel, A.Wéber, A.Herrmann, H.
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Issue Date: 2014
Published in: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Volume 14, Issue 17, Page 9105-9128
Publisher: München : European Geopyhsical Union
Abstract: This study presents a comprehensive assessment of the meteorological conditions and atmospheric flow during the Lagrangian-type "Hill Cap Cloud Thuringia 2010" experiment (HCCT-2010), which was performed in September and October 2010 at Mt. Schmücke in the Thuringian Forest, Germany and which used observations at three measurement sites (upwind, in-cloud, and downwind) to study physical and chemical aerosol–cloud interactions. A Lagrangian-type hill cap cloud experiment requires not only suitable cloud conditions but also connected airflow conditions (i.e. representative air masses at the different measurement sites). The primary goal of the present study was to identify time periods during the 6-week duration of the experiment in which these conditions were fulfilled and therefore which are suitable for use in further data examinations. The following topics were studied in detail: (i) the general synoptic weather situations, including the mesoscale flow conditions, (ii) local meteorological conditions and (iii) local flow conditions. The latter were investigated by means of statistical analyses using best-available quasi-inert tracers, SF6 tracer experiments in the experiment area, and regional modelling. This study represents the first application of comprehensive analyses using statistical measures such as the coefficient of divergence (COD) and the cross-correlation in the context of a Lagrangian-type hill cap cloud experiment. This comprehensive examination of local flow connectivity yielded a total of 14 full-cloud events (FCEs), which are defined as periods during which all connected flow and cloud criteria for a suitable Lagrangian-type experiment were fulfilled, and 15 non-cloud events (NCEs), which are defined as periods with connected flow but no cloud at the summit site, and which can be used as reference cases. The overall evaluation of the identified FCEs provides the basis for subsequent investigations of the measured chemical and physical data during HCCT-2010 (see
Keywords: air mass; airflow; assessment method; cloud microphysics; experimental study; flow measurement; model validation; ozone; particle size; physicochemical property; temporal analysis; tracer; wind velocity
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