Articles | Volume 20, issue 18
Research article
22 Sep 2020
Research article |  | 22 Sep 2020

Examining the atmospheric radiative and snow-darkening effects of black carbon and dust across the Rocky Mountains of the United States using WRF-Chem

Stefan Rahimi, Xiaohong Liu, Chun Zhao, Zheng Lu, and Zachary J. Lebo


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AR by Stefan Rahimi-Esfarjani on behalf of the Authors (19 Jun 2020)  Author's response 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Jul 2020) by Federico Fierli
RR by Hans-Werner Jacobi (17 Jul 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (26 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 Aug 2020) by Federico Fierli
AR by Stefan Rahimi-Esfarjani on behalf of the Authors (11 Aug 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Dark particles emitted to the atmosphere can absorb sunlight and heat the air. As these particles settle, they may darken the surface, especially over snow-covered regions like the Rocky Mountains. This darkening of the surface may lead to changes in snowpack, affecting the local meteorology and hydrology. We seek to evaluate whether these light-absorbing particles more prominently affect this region through their atmospheric presence or their on-snow presence.
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