Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 307–328, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-307-2017
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 307–328, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-307-2017

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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AR by Peter Spichtinger on behalf of the Authors (26 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Oct 2016) by Amit Apte
RR by Ulrike Wacker (26 Nov 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (27 Jan 2017)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (16 Feb 2017) by Amit Apte
AR by Peter Spichtinger on behalf of the Authors (15 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Apr 2017) by Amit Apte
RR by Ulrike Wacker (02 May 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (13 May 2017) by Amit Apte
AR by Peter Spichtinger on behalf of the Authors (23 May 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 May 2017) by Amit Apte
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Short summary
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.