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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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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System

Jost Heintzenberg

Robert J. Charlson

The MIT Press

Clouds have undergone changes as a result of climate change and humankind’s activities that have perturbed the Earth’s cloud system. This introduction lists the observed and hypothesized anthropogenic perturbations of clouds recognized today. It provides an overview of cloud-controlling factors, the extent and nature of anthropogenic perturbations of clouds, the quantification of the effects of clouds in the changing climate system, and the strategies to reduce critical uncertainties in understanding anthropogenic cloud perturbations. New approaches to the understanding of cloud-related issues in the Earth system are also discussed.

Keywords:   clouds, cloud system, climate changes, anthropogenic perturbations, cloud perturbations

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