Shortwave Radiation, Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Aerosols in China
This study reviews the role of aerosols in the shortwave radiation budget and climate change in China. As an example of the aerosol radiative effect, the relationship between surface shortwave radiation and aerosol properties is explored. The anthropogenic aerosol, particularly black carbon is important to address long-term variations of surface shortwave radiation in China. Another role of aerosol is its relation to cloud formation and precipitation processes. Cloud condensation is affected by air pollution aerosol, but the aerosol effect on precipitation is not obvious. Quantitative assessment of the aerosol effect on the cloud and precipitation is quite difficult particularly in China as local aerosol has a wide range of chemical and physical properties. The mixture status is also a key factor to understand and predict climate change in the past, present, and future. The improved understanding of aerosols and precursor emissions can aid to resolve some climate change issues.
KeywordsAnthropogenic aerosols Shortwave radiation China
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