Articles | Volume 15, issue 11
Research article
01 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 01 Jun 2015

Atmospheric brown clouds reach the Tibetan Plateau by crossing the Himalayas

Z. L. Lüthi, B. Škerlak, S.-W. Kim, A. Lauer, A. Mues, M. Rupakheti, and S. Kang


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AR by Zoe Lucia Luethi on behalf of the Authors (16 Jan 2015)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (07 Mar 2015) by Yafang Cheng
AR by Bojan Škerlak on behalf of the Authors (09 Mar 2015)  Author's response 
ED: Publish as is (12 Apr 2015) by Yafang Cheng
AR by Bojan Škerlak on behalf of the Authors (12 Apr 2015)
Short summary
The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau region (HTP) is regularly exposed to polluted air masses that might influence glaciers as well as climate on regional to global scales. We found that atmospheric brown clouds from South Asia reach the HTP by crossing the Himalayas not only through the major north--south river valleys but rather over large areas by being lifted and advected at mid-troposheric levels. The transport is enabled by a combination of synoptic and local meteorological settings.
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