Aerosols, Climate, and the Hydrological Cycle

  title={Aerosols, Climate, and the Hydrological Cycle},
  author={V. Ramanathan and P. Crutzen and J. Kiehl and D. Rosenfeld},
  pages={2119 - 2124}
  • V. Ramanathan, P. Crutzen, +1 author D. Rosenfeld
  • Published 2001
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Science
  • Human activities are releasing tiny particles (aerosols) into the atmosphere. These human-made aerosols enhance scattering and absorption of solar radiation. They also produce brighter clouds that are less efficient at releasing precipitation. These in turn lead to large reductions in the amount of solar irradiance reaching Earth's surface, a corresponding increase in solar heating of the atmosphere, changes in the atmospheric temperature structure, suppression of rainfall, and less efficient… CONTINUE READING
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