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Volume 17, issue 22 | Copyright
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13999-14023, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13999-2017
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Research article 24 Nov 2017

Research article | 24 Nov 2017

Evaluation of climate model aerosol seasonal and spatial variability over Africa using AERONET

Hannah M. Horowitz et al.
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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (13 Sep 2017) by Kostas Tsigaridis
ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2017) by Kostas Tsigaridis
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Africa is a major source of particles (or aerosols) from dust and fires, which impact climate. Models used to predict impacts of future climate change have not been well tested for aerosols over Africa. In this study we evaluate aerosols in the CCAM climate model against observations across Africa and surrounding regions. We find the model generally captures observed variability but overestimates dust in northern Africa, which has implications for its representation of climate feedbacks.
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