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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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The Extent and Nature of Anthropogenic Perturbations of Clouds

The Extent and Nature of Anthropogenic Perturbations of Clouds

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18 (p.433) The Extent and Nature of Anthropogenic Perturbations of Clouds
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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Patrick Y. Chuang

Rapporteurs Graham Feingold

Greg Ayers

Robert J. Charlson

William R. Cotton

Sonia M. Kreidenweis

Zev Levin

Teruyuki Nakajima

Daniel Rosenfeld

Michael Schulz

Holger Siebert

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0018

This chapter discusses the extent and nature of anthropogenic perturbations of clouds. Anthropogenic influences can perturb clouds through aerosol changes, greenhouse gas warming, and land-surface changes. The chapter addresses these anthropogenic perturbations in terms of their impact on cloud and aerosol microphysics, radiation (both reflected shortwave and emitted longwave), precipitation (both rain and snow), atmospheric dynamics, and atmospheric chemistry.

Keywords:   anthropogenic perturbations, clouds, aerosol changes, greenhouse gas warming, land-surface changes, radiation, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry

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