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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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Current Understanding and Quantification of Clouds in the Changing Climate System and Strategies for Reducing Critical Uncertainties

Current Understanding and Quantification of Clouds in the Changing Climate System and Strategies for Reducing Critical Uncertainties

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(p.557) 24 Current Understanding and Quantification of Clouds in the Changing Climate System and Strategies for Reducing Critical Uncertainties
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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
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Rapporteur Johannes Quaas

Sandrine Bony

William D. Collins

Leo Donner

Anthony Illingworth

Andy Jones

Ulrike Lohmann

Masaki Satoh

Stephen E. Schwartz

Wei-Kuo Tao

Robert Wood

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0024

This chapter emphasizes the apparent lack of progress in quantifying feedbacks between clouds and climate. It examines cloud aspects critical for quantifying aerosol indirect effects, which include cloud albedo, boundary layer moisture budget, cloud subgrid-scale variability, and microphysical processes in ice and mixed-phase clouds. The chapter also discusses the radiative flux perturbation as an alternative approach for the assessment of greenhouse gas and aerosol forcings.

Keywords:   clouds, climate, aerosol, cloud albedo, moisture budget, ice clouds, mixed-phase clouds, radiative flux perturbation, greenhouse gas

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