Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2719–2725, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2719-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2719–2725, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2719-2016

Research article 04 Mar 2016

Research article | 04 Mar 2016

Global dimming and urbanization: did stronger negative SSR trends collocate with regions of population growth?

Adel Imamovic et al.

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Systematic measurements of surface solar radiation revealed a worldwide decrease from the 1960s to the mid-1980s. The role of urbanization for this so called global dimming is still under debate. We developed a set of population-data based urbanization indicators and found no correlation between urbanization and global dimming for Europe and Japan, while an urbanization impact can't be precluded for Asia. It is thus called into question whether the global dimming was mainly a local phenomenon.
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