Reduction of tropical cloudiness by soot

  title={Reduction of tropical cloudiness by soot},
  author={Ackerman and Toon and Stevens and Heymsfield and Ramanathan and Welton},
  volume={288 5468},
Measurements and models show that enhanced aerosol concentrations can augment cloud albedo not only by increasing total droplet cross-sectional area, but also by reducing precipitation and thereby increasing cloud water content and cloud coverage. Aerosol pollution is expected to exert a net cooling influence on the global climate through these conventional mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate an opposite mechanism through which aerosols can reduce cloud cover and thus significantly offset aerosol… CONTINUE READING
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