Articles | Volume 18, issue 14
Research article
17 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2018

Cloud, precipitation and radiation responses to large perturbations in global dimethyl sulfide

Sonya L. Fiddes, Matthew T. Woodhouse, Zebedee Nicholls, Todd P. Lane, and Robyn Schofield


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AR by Sonya Fiddes on behalf of the Authors (23 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 May 2018) by Toshihiko Takemura
AR by Sonya Fiddes on behalf of the Authors (03 May 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 May 2018) by Toshihiko Takemura
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 May 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Jun 2018)
ED: Publish as is (05 Jun 2018) by Toshihiko Takemura

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Short summary
The role of natural aerosol in the climate system is uncertain. A key contributor to marine aerosol is dimethyl sulfide (DMS), released by phytoplankton in the oceans. We study the effect of DMS on clouds and rain using a climate model with a detailed aerosol scheme. We show that DMS acts to reduce rainfall in cloud deck regions, leading to longer lived clouds and a large impact on solar energy reaching the surface. Further study of these areas will improve future climate projections.
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