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Volume 24, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 307-328, 2017
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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 307-328, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 30 Jun 2017

Research article | 30 Jun 2017

Subvisible cirrus clouds – a dynamical system approach

Elisa Johanna Spreitzer et al.
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We developed a simple analytical model for describing subvisible cirrus clouds qualitatively. Using theory of dynamical systems we found two different states for the long-term behaviour of subvisible cirrus clouds, i.e. an attractor case (stable equilibrium point) and a limit cycle scenario. The transition between the states constitutes a Hopf bifurcation and is determined by environmental conditions such as vertical updraughts and temperature.
We developed a simple analytical model for describing subvisible cirrus clouds qualitatively....