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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate SystemTheir Relationship to Energy Balance, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Precipitation$
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Jost Heintzenberg and Robert J. Charlson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012874

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.001.0001

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Air Pollution and Precipitation

Air Pollution and Precipitation

Chapter:
16 (p.369) Air Pollution and Precipitation
Source:
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Greg Ayers

Zev Levin

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0016

This chapter reviews the main points related to effects of aerosol–cloud precipitation interactions. It discusses aerosol impact on rainfall on the ground and looks closely at the physical hypothesis that air pollution delays precipitation. Using Australia as a case study, the chapter explores the complexities of the evidence and arguments about the effects of pollution on precipitation.

Keywords:   aerosol, precipitation, rainfall, air pollution, Australia, pollution

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