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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 6251-6268, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-6251-2019
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 6251-6268, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-6251-2019
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Research article 13 May 2019

Research article | 13 May 2019

Quantifying variations in shortwave aerosol–cloud–radiation interactions using local meteorology and cloud state constraints

Alyson Douglas and Tristan L'Ecuyer
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Aerosols are released by natural and human activities. When aerosols encounter clouds they interact in what is known as the indirect effect. Brighter clouds are expected due to the microphysical response; however, certain environments can trigger a modified response. Limits on the stability, humidity, and cloud thickness are applied regionally to investigate local cloud responses to aerosol, resulting in a range of indirect effects that would result in significant cooling or slight warming.
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