Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7961–7983, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7961-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7961–7983, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7961-2018

Research article 06 Jun 2018

Research article | 06 Jun 2018

On the representation of aerosol activation and its influence on model-derived estimates of the aerosol indirect effect

Daniel Rothenberg et al.

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AR by Daniel Rothenberg on behalf of the Authors (04 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (29 Mar 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (29 Mar 2018) by Graham Feingold
AR by Daniel Rothenberg on behalf of the Authors (13 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 May 2018) by Graham Feingold
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Estimates of how much the particles we emit into the atmosphere cool the climate depend on how those particles influence the relative number of cloud droplets. Those estimates are strongly influenced by how many droplets a given climate model predicts under clean conditions, even more so than how much that human emissions increase droplet concentrations. Because of this, observations of particles influencing clouds in clean conditions could help constrain their climate-cooling potential.
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