in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters > Volume 3 Number 4 (16 July 2010) . - p.237-241
Aerosol indirect effects on warm clouds are estimated in the Grid-point Atmospheric Model of IAP LASG (GAMIL) with a new two-moment cloud microphysics scheme using two different physically-based aerosol activation parameterizations: Abdul-Razzak and Ghan, and Nenes and Seinfeld. The annual global mean changes in shortwave cloud forcing from preindustrial times to present day (a measure of the aerosol indirect effects) estimated from these two parameterizations are remarkably similar: 0.76 W m-2 with the Abdul-Razzak and Ghan parameterization, and 0.78 W m-2 with the Nenes and Seinfeld parameterization. Physically-based parameterizations can provide robust representations of aerosol effects on droplet nucleation, meaning that aerosol activation is no longer the most uncertain factor in modeling aerosol indirect effects.
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