Dominance of mineral dust in aerosol light-scattering in the North Atlantic trade winds

@article{Li1996DominanceOM,
  title={Dominance of mineral dust in aerosol light-scattering in the North Atlantic trade winds},
  author={Xianhua Li and Hal Maring and Dennis Savoie and Karsten Voss and Joseph M. Prospero},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1996},
  volume={380},
  pages={416-419}
}
ATMOSPHERIC aerosols can affect climate by scattering and absorbing solar radiation1–3. Most recent studies of such effects have focused largely on anthropogenic sulphate aerosols, which are believed to exert a substantial cooling influence2. Mineral dust aerosols have been largely ignored, because it was thought that their scattering efficiency and concentrations were too low to have a substantial effect on climate. Here we report measurements of the light-scattering properties of North… CONTINUE READING

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