Bacteria in the ECHAM5-HAM global climate model

A. Sesartic, U. Lohmann, T. Storelvmo
2011 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions  
Bacteria are the most active naturally occuring ice nuclei (IN) due to the ice nucleation active proteins on their surface, which serve as active sites for ice nucleation. Their potential impact on clouds and precipitation is not well known and needs to be investigated. Bacteria as a new aerosol species were introduced into the global climate model (GCM) ECHAM5-HAM. The inclusion of bacteria acting as IN in a GCM leads to only minor changes in cloud formation and precipitation on a global
more » ... however, changes in the liquid water path and ice water path can be observed, specifically in the boreal regions where tundra and forests act as sources of bacteria. sation nuclei (CCN) in the atmosphere could impact the global distribution of clouds and precipitation (
doi:10.5194/acpd-11-1457-2011 fatcat:kwl3dknxijcoljlwkuokbiw73u