Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Research article
15 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2017

Aerosol trends as a potential driver of regional climate in the central United States: evidence from observations

Daniel H. Cusworth, Loretta J. Mickley, Eric M. Leibensperger, and Michael J. Iacono


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AR by Daniel Cusworth on behalf of the Authors (29 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Aug 2017) by Yun Qian
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (20 Sep 2017)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (29 Sep 2017) by Yun Qian
AR by Daniel Cusworth on behalf of the Authors (06 Oct 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 Oct 2017) by Yun Qian
Short summary
Since 1990, light-scattering pollution known as aerosols have declined as a result of tightening US air quality regulations. Our study finds that US surface solar radiation has increased simultaneously. We establish a link between aerosols and radiation through physical and statistical models. We find the strongest relationship between aerosols, radiation, and climate at a site in the Midwest. Our work underscores the importance of regional pollution on climate in the US and abroad.
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