Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4031–4046, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-4031-2020

Special issue: Interactions between aerosols and the South West Asian...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4031–4046, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-4031-2020

Research article 02 Apr 2020

Research article | 02 Apr 2020

Vertical profiles of submicron aerosol single scattering albedo over the Indian region immediately before monsoon onset and during its development: research from the SWAAMI field campaign

Mohanan R. Manoj et al.

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The study reports the observation of highly absorbing aerosol layers at high altitudes (1–2.5 km) prior to monsoon and during its development over the Indian region and quantifies its climate impacts. The absorption of solar radiation in these layers perturbs the onset of monsoon through the impact on the atmospheric stability. When height-resolved values of single scattering albedo (SSA) are used in a radiative transfer model, a maximum heating ~1 K d (~twice that using SSA) is obtained.
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