Natural and Anthropogenic Perturbations in Cloud Albedo

By | November 15, 2013

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Understanding how clouds respond to anthropogenic-induced perturbations of our planet’s atmosphere is of paramount importance in determining the impact of the ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content on global climate; for as Charlson et al. (2001) have noted, “man-made aerosols have a strong influence on cloud albedo, with a global mean forcing estimated to be of the same order (but opposite in sign) as that of greenhouse gases.” Thus, this summary presents a brief review of a number of scientific papers that address this crucial issue.