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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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.