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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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Global Indirect Radiative Forcing Caused by Aerosols

Global Indirect Radiative Forcing Caused by Aerosols

IPCC (2007) and Beyond

19 (p.451) Global Indirect Radiative Forcing Caused by Aerosols
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System

Jim Haywood

Leo Donner

Andy Jones

Jean-Christophe Golaz

The MIT Press

Aerosol particles are thought to exert a significant indirect radiative forcing because they act as cloud condensation nuclei in warm cloud formation and as ice nuclei in cold cloud-forming processes. This chapter discusses the processes considered in assessing aerosol indirect radiative forcing and also highlights the problems in assessing the effect of anthropogenic aerosols upon clouds under the definition of radiative forcing by IPCC (2007). Finally, it considers the characteristics of cloud–aerosol interactions that may limit the interpretation of forcing when applied to aerosol indirect effects.

Keywords:   radiative forcing, cloud condensation nuclei, CCN, cloud formation, ice nuclei, indirect radiative forcing, aerosols, IPCC

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