Aerosols, Climate, and the Hydrological Cycle

  title={Aerosols, Climate, and the Hydrological Cycle},
  author={Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Paul J. Crutzen and Jeffrey T. Kiehl and Daniel Rosenfeld},
  pages={2119 - 2124}
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… 

Aerosol intercations on clouds with emphasis on the arabian peninsula

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Aerosol Impacts on Climate and Biogeochemistry

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A satellite view of aerosols in the climate system

Increases in aerosol concentration and changes in their composition, driven by industrialization and an expanding population, may adversely affect the Earth's climate and water supply.

Aerosols and Their Impact on Radiation, Clouds, Precipitation, and Severe Weather Events

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Climate Effects of Anthropogenic Aerosol Forcing on Tropical Precipitation and Circulations

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Impacts of absorbing aerosols on South Asian rainfall

Anthropogenic aerosols in the lower troposphere increase the absorption and scattering of solar radiation by air and clouds, causing a warmer atmosphere and a cooler surface. It is suspected that

Flood or Drought: How Do Aerosols Affect Precipitation?

A conceptual model is proposed that explains this apparent dichotomy of pristine tropical clouds with low CCN concentrations rain out too quickly to mature into long-lived clouds and heavily polluted clouds evaporate much of their water before precipitation can occur.

Global warming and the acceleration of the hydrological cycle.

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Natural aerosol–climate feedbacks suppressed by anthropogenic aerosol

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Atmospheric brown clouds: From local air pollution to climate change

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Atmospheric aerosols: Biogeochemical sources and role in atmospheric chemistry

Atmospheric aerosols play important roles in climate and atmospheric chemistry: They scatter sunlight, provide condensation nuclei for cloud droplets, and participate in heterogeneous chemical

On Modification of Global Warming by Sulfate Aerosols

Abstract There is increasing evidence that the response of climate to increasing greenhouse gases may be modified by accompanying increases in sulfate aerosols. In this study, the patterns of

Large contribution of organic aerosols to cloud-condensation-nuclei concentrations

THE albedo and radiative properties of marine stratus clouds are determined largely by the number density of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) over the oceans. Modelling studies have suggested that

Large differences in tropical aerosol forcing at the top of the atmosphere and Earth's surface

An observational method is presented for quantifying aerosol forcing to within ±5 per cent at the Earth's surface and the top of the atmosphere over the tropical northern Indian Ocean to imply that tropical aerosols might slow down the hydrological cycle.

The effect of smoke particles on clouds and climate forcing

Smoke particles from biomass burning can generate forcing of climate by modifying cloud microphysics and reflectance of sunlight. Cloud modification, critical to an understanding of climate change,

Suppression of rain and snow by urban and industrial air pollution

  • Rosenfeld
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • 2000
Direct evidence demonstrates that urban and industrial air pollution can completely shut off precipitation from clouds that have temperatures at their tops of about -10 degrees C over large areas.

Pollution and the Planetary Albedo

Reshaping the Theory of Cloud Formation

Recent insights into cloud formation are discussed and results indicate that current estimates of both the magnitude and the uncertainty of indirect aerosol forcing may be too low.

Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Aerosols from Space: Past, Present, and Future.

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Global direct radiative forcing due to multicomponent anthropogenic and natural aerosols

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