The impact of humidity above stratiform clouds on indirect aerosol climate forcing

  title={The impact of humidity above stratiform clouds on indirect aerosol climate forcing},
  author={Andrew S. Ackerman and Michael P. Kirkpatrick and David E. Stevens and Owen B. Toon},
Some of the global warming from anthropogenic greenhouse gases is offset by increased reflection of solar radiation by clouds with smaller droplets that form in air polluted with aerosol particles that serve as cloud condensation nuclei. The resulting cooling tendency, termed the indirect aerosol forcing, is thought to be comparable in magnitude to the forcing by anthropogenic CO2, but it is difficult to estimate because the physical processes that determine global aerosol and cloud populations… CONTINUE READING
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