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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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Temporal and Spatial Variability of Clouds and Related Aerosols

Temporal and Spatial Variability of Clouds and Related Aerosols

Theodore L. Anderson, Rapporteur

Chapter:
6 (p.127) Temporal and Spatial Variability of Clouds and Related Aerosols
Source:
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Andrew Ackerman

Dennis L. Hartmann

George A. Isaac

Stefan Kinne

Hirohiko Masunaga

Joel R. Norris

Ulrich Pöschl

Ulrich Pöschl

K. Sebastian Schmidt

Anthony Slingo

Anthony Yukari N.

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0006

This chapter examines aerosol–cloud relationships, focusing on the temporal and spatial variability of clouds and aerosols. It first describes the strategies for separating aerosol and meteorological effects on clouds. The chapter then assesses the potential large-scale aerosol impacts on cloud albedo, cloud amount, and precipitation by looking at long-term trends in cloudiness in regions that have experienced long-term trends in aerosols. It also emphasizes the need to investigate cloud changes that are likely associated with global warming and the need to devise new strategies to observe key variables for understanding perturbed clouds in the climate system.

Keywords:   clouds, aerosols, cloud albedo, cloud amount, precipitation, cloudiness, global warming, perturbed clouds

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