Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2221–2241, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2221-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2221–2241, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2221-2016

Research article 26 Feb 2016

Research article | 26 Feb 2016

What controls the vertical distribution of aerosol? Relationships between process sensitivity in HadGEM3–UKCA and inter-model variation from AeroCom Phase II

Zak Kipling et al.

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AR by Zak Kipling on behalf of the Authors (14 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Jan 2016) by Barbara Ervens
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (30 Jan 2016)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (02 Feb 2016) by Barbara Ervens
AR by Zak Kipling on behalf of the Authors (08 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Feb 2016) by Barbara Ervens
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The vertical distribution of atmospheric aerosol is an important factor in its effects on climate. In this study we use a sophisticated model of the many interacting processes affecting aerosol in the atmosphere to show that the vertical distribution is typically dominated by only a few of these processes. Constraining these physical processes may help to reduce the large differences between models. However, the important processes are not always the same for different types of aerosol.
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