Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 769–791, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-769-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 769–791, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-769-2017

Research article 18 Jan 2017

Research article | 18 Jan 2017

Impact of dust size parameterizations on aerosol burden and radiative forcing in RegCM4

Athanasios Tsikerdekis et al.

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Dust is the most abundant aerosol in the atmosphere, considerably affecting Earth's climate. We use a new dust size discretization that improves the physical representation of dust in a regional climate model. This study is among the first studies evaluating the vertical profile of simulated dust with a pure dust product. The new dust size discretization increases dust optical depth by 10 % over the desert and Mediterranean. Consequently, the dust SW and LW radiative forcing is enhanced by 10 %.
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