Articles | Volume 18, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 18, 4431–4444, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4431-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4431–4444, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4431-2021

Research article 28 Jul 2021

Research article | 28 Jul 2021

Ice nucleation by viruses and their potential for cloud glaciation

Michael P. Adams et al.

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The formation of ice in clouds is critically important for the planet's climate. Hence, we need to know which aerosol types nucleate ice and how effectively they do so. Here we show that virus particles, with a range of architectures, nucleate ice when immersed in supercooled water. However, we also show that they only make a minor contribution to the ice-nucleating particle population in the terrestrial atmosphere, but we cannot rule them out as being important in the marine environment.
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