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Volume 18, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 635–653, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-635-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 635–653, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-635-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 19 Jan 2018

Research article | 19 Jan 2018

Exploring the observational constraints on the simulation of brown carbon

Xuan Wang et al.

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Brown carbon (BrC) contributes significantly to uncertainty in estimating the global direct radiative effect (DRE) of aerosols. We develop a global model simulation of BrC and test it against BrC absorption measurements from two aircraft campaigns in the continental United States. We suggest that BrC DRE has been overestimated previously due to the lack of observational constraints from direct measurements and omission of the effects of photochemical whitening.
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