Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13559–13572, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13559–13572, 2017

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 et al.

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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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