Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Research article
05 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 05 Feb 2016

Observed high-altitude warming and snow cover retreat over Tibet and the Himalayas enhanced by black carbon aerosols

Y. Xu, V. Ramanathan, and W. M. Washington


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AR by Yangyang Xu on behalf of the Authors (29 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Jan 2016) by Federico Fierli
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (12 Jan 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (20 Jan 2016)
ED: Publish as is (20 Jan 2016) by Federico Fierli
Short summary
We show that black carbon aerosol pollution is likely the dominant factor in causing the accelerated retreat of snowpack in Himalayas. The simulated snow fraction and surface albedo change at the surface, as well as the enhanced warming at higher elevations, are remarkably similar to observations in past decades. The reason for the model's ability to simulate the observed trends is that we replace the model-simulated black carbon forcing with one that is constrained by observations.
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