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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3181–3190, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3181-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3181–3190, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3181-2020

Research article 17 Mar 2020

Research article | 17 Mar 2020

Electrostatic forces alter particle size distributions in atmospheric dust

Joseph R. Toth III et al.

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Atmospheric dust interacts with solar radiation, which influences the climate, with larger-sized particles having a heating effect, and smaller-sized particles having a cooling effect. Previous studies on long-range dust transport have found larger particles than expected, without a model to explain their transport. We find that sufficient electrostatic forces suspend more larger particles in the atmosphere and may help explain unexpected large particle transport.
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