Articles | Volume 19, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 11765–11790, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-11765-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 11765–11790, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-11765-2019

Research article 23 Sep 2019

Research article | 23 Sep 2019

In situ constraints on the vertical distribution of global aerosol

Duncan Watson-Parris et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Jul 2019) by Alma Hodzic
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ED: Publish as is (26 Jul 2019) by Alma Hodzic
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The vertical distribution of aerosol in the atmosphere affects its ability to act as cloud condensation nuclei and changes the amount of sunlight it absorbs or reflects. Common global measurements of aerosol provide no information about this vertical distribution. Using a global collection of in situ aircraft measurements to compare with an aerosol–climate model (ECHAM-HAM), we explore the key processes controlling this distribution and find that wet removal plays a key role.
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