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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 11423–11435, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-11423-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 11423–11435, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-11423-2021
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30 Jul 2021
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Better representation of dust can improve climate models with too weak an African monsoon

Yves Balkanski et al.

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Earth system models have persistent biases that impinge on our ability to make robust future regional predictions of precipitation. For the last 15 years, there has been little improvement in these biases. This work presents an accurate representation of dust absorption based upon observed dust mineralogical composition and size distribution. The striking result is that this more accurate representation improves tropical precipitations for climate models with too weak an African monsoon.
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