Aerosols, Cloud Microphysics, and Fractional Cloudiness

  title={Aerosols, Cloud Microphysics, and Fractional Cloudiness},
  author={Bruce. A. Albrecht},
  pages={1227 - 1230}
  • B. Albrecht
  • Published 15 September 1989
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Science
Increases in aerosol concentrations over the oceans may increase the amount of low-level cloudiness through a reduction in drizzle—a process that regulates the liquid-water content and the energetics of shallow marine clouds. The resulting increase in the global albedo would be in addition to the increase due to enhancement in reflectivity associated with a decrease in droplet size and would contribute to a cooling of the earth's surface. 
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