Tropospheric aerosol climate forcing in clear-sky satellite observations over the oceans

J. M. Haywood, V. Ramaswamy, B. J. Soden

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Abstract

Tropospheric aerosols affect the radiative forcing of Earth's climate, but their variable concentrations complicate an understanding of their global influence. Model-based estimates of aerosol distributions helped reveal spatial patterns indicative of the presence of tropospheric aerosols in the satellite-observed clear-sky solar radiation budget over the world's oceans. The results show that, although geographical signatures due to both natural and anthropogenic aerosols are manifest in the satellite observations, the naturally occurring sea-salt is the reading aerosol contributor to the global-mean clear-sky radiation balance over oceans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1303
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume283
Issue number5406
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 1999
Externally publishedYes

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