Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5821–5846, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-5821-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5821–5846, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-5821-2018

Research article 26 Apr 2018

Research article | 26 Apr 2018

Aerosol midlatitude cyclone indirect effects in observations and high-resolution simulations

Daniel T. McCoy et al.

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MODIS level 2 joint atmosphere product (MYDATML2) NASA https://ladsweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/

M2T1NXSLV Global Modeling and Assimilation Office https://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/datasets/M2T1NXSLV_V5.12.4/summary?keywords=merra-2

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Here we use a combination of global convection-permitting models, satellite observations and the Holuhraun volcanic eruption to demonstrate that aerosol enhances the cloud liquid content and brightness of midlatitude cyclones. This is important because the strength of anthropogenic radiative forcing is uncertain, leading to uncertainty in the climate sensitivity consistent with observed temperature record.
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