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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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Climatologies of Cloud-related Aerosols

Climatologies of Cloud-related Aerosols

3 (p.37) Climatologies of Cloud-related Aerosols
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
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This chapter addresses the potential impacts of aerosols on climate and clouds. It first examines aerosol properties such as particle amount, size, composition, and shape, followed by a discussion on past research and recent advances in aerosol global modeling and aerosol remote sensing. Atmospheric aerosol particles that act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) play a central role in cloud formation. The chapter explores the CNN activity of aerosols, lists the factors that affect the hygroscopicity of aerosol particles, and presents the empirical techniques used to characterize the hygroscopicity of ambient aerosol particles.

Keywords:   aerosols, aerosol global modeling, aerosol remote sensing, cloud condensation nuclei, CCN, hygroscopicity

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