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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5827-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5827-2015
Research article
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27 May 2015
Research article |  | 27 May 2015

Ocean mediation of tropospheric response to reflecting and absorbing aerosols

Y. Xu and S.-P. Xie

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Strong solar heating by absorbing aerosols (black carbon) is considered more effective in inducing atmospheric circulation change than reflecting aerosols (sulfate), which do not have direct atmospheric heating effect. Surprisingly, we show that reflecting aerosols induce tropospheric temperature and circulation response similar to that induced by absorbing aerosols. The common response is mediated by the ocean through SST gradient, a process overlooked so far in aerosol-climate connection.
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