Climatic Change

, Volume 90, Issue 3, pp 315–331 | Cite as

On geoengineering with sulphate aerosols in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere

  • A. F. Tuck
  • D. J. Donaldson
  • M. H. Hitchman
  • E. C. Richard
  • H. Tervahattu
  • V. Vaida
  • J. C. Wilson


This paper is in response to the Editorial Essay by Crutzen and the Editorial Comment by Cicerone in the August 2006 issue of Climatic Change. We reprise the evidence from atmospheric nuclear weapon testing in the 1950s and 1960s which is salient to the mooted maintenance of an artificial sulphate aerosol layer in the lower stratosphere, including a hitherto and now posthumous unpublished analysis of the 185W Hardtack data. We also review recent investigations by ourselves, which have considerable bearing on some relevant questions concerning meteorological dynamics, aerosol chemistry and physics and the photodissociation of stratospheric sulphuric acid.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Tuck
    • 1
  • D. J. Donaldson
    • 2
  • M. H. Hitchman
    • 3
  • E. C. Richard
    • 4
  • H. Tervahattu
    • 5
  • V. Vaida
    • 6
  • J. C. Wilson
    • 7
  1. 1.Chemical Sciences Division 6NOAA Earth System Research LaboratoryBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  5. 5.Nordic Envicon OyHelsinkiFinland
  6. 6.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  7. 7.Department of EngineeringUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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