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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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Trends in Observed Cloudiness and Earth’s Radiation Budget

Trends in Observed Cloudiness and Earth’s Radiation Budget

What Do We Not Know and What Do We Need to Know?

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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System

Joel R. Norris

Anthony Slingo

The MIT Press

This chapter investigates variations in cloudiness and changes in the Earth’s radiation budget (ERB), including their connection with other parameters of the climate system. Anthropogenic aerosol emissions cause a perturbation to the physical and radiative properties of clouds. The chapter examines the radiative impacts of anthropogenic aerosol emissions on cloudiness, and also indicates the importance of small cloud and ERB changes and the difficulties encountered in measuring them. Cloud simulation and climate sensitivity observed in global climate models are discussed as well.

Keywords:   cloudiness, Earth’s radiation budget, ERB, radiation budget, aerosol emissions, cloud simulation, climate sensitivity, global climate models

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