Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5185-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5185-2017
Research article
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21 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 21 Apr 2017

Investigation of the aerosol–cloud–rainfall association over the Indian summer monsoon region

Chandan Sarangi, Sachchida Nand Tripathi, Vijay P. Kanawade, Ilan Koren, and D. Sivanand Pai

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Aerosol-induced perturbations in cloud systems and rainfall are very uncertain. This study provides observational evidence of a robust positive association between aerosol–cloud–rainfall properties over the Indian summer monsoon region. Observed and modeled aerosol–cloud microphysical changes illustrate that cloud invigoration under a high AOD scenario can explain most of the aerosol-associated changes in cloud fraction, cloud top pressure, and surface rainfall over this region.
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