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Aerosols and Climate

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Science  11 Jan 1974:
Vol. 183, Issue 4120, pp. 75-77
DOI: 10.1126/science.183.4120.75

Abstract

To determine the effects of atmospheric aerosols on the radiative heating of the earth-atmosphere system, the radiative transfer equation is solved analytically in the two-stream approximation. It is found that the sign of the heating is independent of optical thickness of an aerosol layer and the amount of heating approaches a finite limit with increasing thickness of a layer. Limitations of the two-stream approximation are discussed.