Aerosols and Polar Temperature Changes

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Science  16 May 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4189, pp. 728-730
DOI: 10.1126/science.188.4189.728


Calculations indicate that aerosols are not directly responsible for the present increase in ice abundance in the Northern Hemisphere. Indeed it appears that aerosols cause heating of the atmosphere near the poles. The present background aerosol density at 85°S latitude causes a temperature increase of ∼ 0.2°K, while that at 85°N causes an increase of ∼ 0.05°K.