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Author Schwartz, S. E. ♦ Andrea, M. O.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES ♦ AEROSOLS ♦ ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ♦ GLOBAL ASPECTS ♦ CLIMATIC CHANGE
Abstract The NRC report A Plan for a Research Program on Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Climate Change underscores the importance of anthropogenic aerosols as agents of climate change. However although the NRC report stresses the need to reduce the uncertainties of the influence of aerosols on climatic change, the authors feel that this is not sufficient. Climatic influence of aerosols is complex. The presence of anthropogenic aerosols is thought to have roughly doubled light scattered back into space. In addition increased aerosol particle concentrations enhance cloud reflectivity and inhibit precipitation development, causing more persistant clouds and more sunlight reflection. The decrease in absorption of solar radiation (the forcing of climate) is estimated to be comparable, but of opposite sign to climate forcing resulting from increased absorption of terrestrial infared radiation by enhanced atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. This article discusses both the findings of the NRC report and other views of the issue. 9 refs., 1 fig.
ISSN 00368075
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-05-24
Publisher Place United States
Journal Science
Volume Number 272
Issue Number 5265


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