Articles | Volume 17, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6439–6453, 2017

Special issue: The Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP):...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6439–6453, 2017
Research article
30 May 2017
Research article | 30 May 2017

Thermodynamic and dynamic responses of the hydrological cycle to solar dimming

Jane E. Smyth et al.

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Geoengineering is a controversial proposal to counteract global warming by reducing the incoming solar radiation. Solar dimming could restore preindustrial temperatures, but global rainfall patterns would be altered. We analyze the global rainfall changes in 11 climate model simulations of solar dimming to better understand the underlying processes. We conclude that tropical precipitation would be substantially altered, in part due to changes in the large-scale atmospheric circulation.
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