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Aviation-induced cirrus cover detected from diurnal cycle over North Atlantic
Linear cirrus clouds of ice particles, so-called contrails, are often visible behind cruising aircraft. Contrails have been identified from their linear structure in satellite data. However, the total amount of cirrus cover could only be estimated from model simulations. For the first time the cover by aviation-induced cirrus clouds was observed from Meteosat satellite observations using traffic data provided by EUROCONTROL.
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