Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5521–5535, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5521-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5521–5535, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5521-2015

Research article 21 May 2015

Research article | 21 May 2015

AOD trends during 2001–2010 from observations and model simulations

A. Pozzer et al.

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Thanks to numerical simulations and satellite observations, it is shown that aerosol optical depth (AOD) trends (2000--2010 period) over the US and Europe are due to emission decrease, while over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East they are due to meteorological changes. Over Southeast Asia, both meteorology and emission changes are important for the AOD trends. It is shown that soluble components strongly influence AOD, as their contribution is enhanced by the aerosol water content.
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