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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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Cloud–Aerosol Interactions from the Micro to the Cloud Scale

Cloud–Aerosol Interactions from the Micro to the Cloud Scale

14 (p.319) Cloud–Aerosol Interactions from the Micro to the Cloud Scale
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System

Graham Feingold

Holger Siebert

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the microphysical interaction of aerosols and cloud processes from the micro to the cloud scale. Aerosol particles affect cloud dynamics by changing their droplet size distributions, their ability to grow to raindrops, their rates of evaporation, and their mixing with the environment. The chapter also explores possible self-regulation mechanisms to limit aerosol effects on clouds.

Keywords:   aerosols, cloud scale, cloud dynamics, droplet size, raindrops, evaporation, self-regulation mechanisms

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