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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 485-499, 2017
http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/17/485/2017/
doi:10.5194/acp-17-485-2017
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11 Jan 2017
Revisiting the observed surface climate response to large volcanic eruptions
Fabian Wunderlich and Daniel M. Mitchell

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Large volcanic eruptions can eject aerosols into the stratosphere and prevent UV radiation reaching the surface, resulting in surface cooling. A secondary, non-linear effect occurs at high latitudes. While the surface cooling is robust in observations, we show that the non-linear, high-latitude effect is less robust. Climate models have failures at reproducing both aspects, probably because of aliasing with other climate modes and overrepresentation of stratospheric aerosol.
Large volcanic eruptions can eject aerosols into the stratosphere and prevent UV radiation...
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