Articles | Volume 36, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-321-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-321-2018
ANGEO Communicates
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06 Mar 2018
ANGEO Communicates |  | 06 Mar 2018

Aerosol indirect effects on summer precipitation in a regional climate model for the Euro-Mediterranean region

Nicolas Da Silva, Sylvain Mailler, and Philippe Drobinski

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Aerosols affect atmospheric dynamics because they absorb radiations (direct effects) and because they act as cloud condensation nuclei (indirect effects). The present study shows that aerosol indirect effects reduce summer precipitation in the Euro-Mediterranean region through reduction of the radiative heating of the surface and corresponding reductions of surface temperature, resulting in increased atmospheric stability in the presence of high aerosol loads.