Aerosols, cloud microphysics, and fractional cloudiness

Bruce A. Albrecht

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Abstract

Increases in aerosol concentrations over the oceans may increase the amount of low-level cloudiness through a reduction in drizzle-a process that regulates the liquid-water content and the energetics of shallow marine clouds. The resulting increase in the global albedo would be in addition to the increase due to enhancement in reflectivity associated with a decrease in droplet size and would contribute to a cooling of the earth's surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1227-1230
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume245
Issue number4923
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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