Boreal forests, aerosols and the impacts on clouds and climate

  title={Boreal forests, aerosols and the impacts on clouds and climate},
  author={Dominick V. Spracklen and Boris Bonn and Kenneth S. Carslaw},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  pages={4613 - 4626}
  • D. Spracklen, B. Bonn, K. Carslaw
  • Published 28 December 2008
  • Environmental Science
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Previous studies have concluded that boreal forests warm the climate because the cooling from storage of carbon in vegetation and soils is cancelled out by the warming due to the absorption of the Sun's heat by the dark forest canopy. However, these studies ignored the impacts of forests on atmospheric aerosol. We use a global atmospheric model to show that, through emission of organic vapours and the resulting condensational growth of newly formed particles, boreal forests double regional… 

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