Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5119-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5119-2020
Development and technical paper
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30 Oct 2020
Development and technical paper |  | 30 Oct 2020

Collisional growth in a particle-based cloud microphysical model: insights from column model simulations using LCM1D (v1.0)

Simon Unterstrasser, Fabian Hoffmann, and Marion Lerch

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Particle-based cloud models use simulation particles for the representation of cloud particles like droplets or ice crystals. The collision and merging of cloud particles (i.e. collisional growth a.k.a. collection in the case of cloud droplets and aggregation in the case of ice crystals) was found to be a numerically challenging process in such models. The study presents verification exercises in a 1D column model, where sedimentation and collisional growth are the only active processes.