Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Research article
30 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 30 Jun 2017

Subvisible cirrus clouds – a dynamical system approach

Elisa Johanna Spreitzer, Manuel Patrik Marschalik, and Peter Spichtinger

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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.