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Lacis et al. 1992

Lacis, A., J. Hansen, and M. Sato, 1992: Climate forcing by stratospheric aerosols. Geophys. Res. Lett., 19, 1607-1610, doi:10.1029/92GL01620.

We illustrate how climate forcing by stratospheric aerosols depends on aerosol properties. The climate forcing is a function of aerosols size distribution, but the size dependence can be described well by a single parameter: the area-weighted mean radius, reff. If reff is greater than about 2 microns, the global average greenhouse effect of the aerosols exceeds the albedo effect, causing a surface heating. The aerosol climate forcing is less sensitive to other characteristics of the size distribution, the aerosol composition, and the altitude of the aerosols. Thus stratospheric aerosol forcing can be defined accurately from measurements of aerosol extinction over a broad wavelength range.

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  author={Lacis, A. and Hansen, J. and Sato, M.},
  title={Climate forcing by stratospheric aerosols},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},

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RIS Citation

ID  - la03100m
AU  - Lacis, A.
AU  - Hansen, J.
AU  - Sato, M.
PY  - 1992
TI  - Climate forcing by stratospheric aerosols
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
JO  - Geophysical Research Letters
VL  - 19
SP  - 1607
EP  - 1610
DO  - 10.1029/92GL01620
ER  -

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