Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 35–55, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-35-2021

Special issue: Results of the project "Dynamics–aerosol–chemistry–cloud...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 35–55, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-35-2021

Research article 04 Jan 2021

Research article | 04 Jan 2021

The potential of increasing man-made air pollution to reduce rainfall over southern West Africa

Gregor Pante et al.

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AR by Gregor Pante on behalf of the Authors (25 Sep 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Oct 2020) by Ademe Mekonnen
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Nov 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Nov 2020) by Ademe Mekonnen
AR by Gregor Pante on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Seasonal rainfall amounts along the densely populated West African Guinea coast have been decreasing during the past 35 years, with recently accelerating trends. We find strong indications that this is in part related to increasing human air pollution in the region. Given the fast increase in emissions, the political implications of this work are significant. Reducing air pollution locally and regionally would mitigate an imminent health crisis and socio-economic damage from reduced rainfall.
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