Skip to content
Journal article

The effect of physical and chemical aerosol properties on warm cloud droplet activation

McFiggans G, Artaxo P, Baltensperger U, Coe H, Facchini M, Feingold G, Fuzzi S, Gysel M, Laaksonen A, Lohmann U, Mentel T, Murphy D, O'Dowd C, Snider J, Weingartner E ...see all

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 6, issue 9 (2006) pp. 2593-2649

  • 213

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 316

    Citations

    Citations of this article.
  • N/A

    Views

    ScienceDirect users who have downloaded this article.
Sign in to save reference

Abstract

The effects of atmospheric aerosol on climate forcing may be very substantial but are quantified poorly at present; in particular, the effects of aerosols on cloud radiative properties, or the "indirect effects" are credited with the greatest range of uncertainty amongst the known causes of radiative forcing. This manuscript explores the effects that the composition and properties of atmospheric aerosol can have on the activation of droplets in warm clouds, so potentially influencing the magnitude of the indirect effect. The effects of size, composition, mixing state and various derived properties are assessed and a range of these properties provided by atmospheric measurements in a variety of locations is briefly reviewed. The suitability of a range of process-level descriptions to capture these aerosol effects is investigated by assessment of their sensitivities to uncertainties in aerosol properties and by their performance in closure studies. The treatment of these effects within global models is reviewed and suggestions for future investigations are made.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Get full text

Authors

  • G. McFiggans

  • P. Artaxo

  • U. Baltensperger

  • H. Coe

  • M. C. Facchini

  • G. Feingold

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below