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Volume 15, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 6007–6021, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6007-2015
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Special issue: Atmospheric pollution in the Himalayan foothills: The SusKat-ABC...

Special issue: Study of ozone, aerosols and radiation over the Tibetan Plateau...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 6007–6021, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-6007-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 01 Jun 2015

Research article | 01 Jun 2015

Atmospheric brown clouds reach the Tibetan Plateau by crossing the Himalayas

Z. L. Lüthi et al.

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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.
The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau region (HTP) is regularly exposed to polluted air masses...
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