Aerosol and Climate: Some Further Considerations

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Science  29 Nov 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4166, pp. 827-828
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4166.827


Approximate numerical radiative calculations show that whether added aerosol causes heating or cooling of the earth-atmosphere system is a function not only of its intrinsic absorption-backscatter characteristics but also of its particular location in the atmosphere with respect to the average cloud as well as of both the cloud reflectivity and the underlying surface reflectivity.