Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 415–430, 2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 415–430, 2021

Research article 14 Jan 2021

Research article | 14 Jan 2021

Precipitation response to aerosol–radiation and aerosol–cloud interactions in regional climate simulations over Europe

José María López-Romero et al.

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The effect of aerosols on regional climate simulations presents large uncertainties due to their complex and non-linear interactions with a wide variety of factors, including aerosol–radiation and aerosol–cloud interactions. We show how these interactions are strongly conditioned by the meteorological situation and the type of aerosol. While natural aerosols tend to increase precipitation in some areas, anthropogenic aerosols decrease the number of rainy days in some pollutant regions.
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