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Aerosols Absorb; Aerosols Reflect

Some aerosol particles primarily reflect solar radiation and cool the atmosphere, and others can also absorb radiation and warm the surrounding air. When aerosols heat the atmosphere, they create an unstable environment where clouds can't thrive. The suppression of clouds leads to further warming of the atmosphere by solar radiation. Aerosols are a complex but critical piece of the climate puzzle, and researchers are still working to understand the role of these curious particles.

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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Climate
SVS >> Clouds
DLESE >> Human geography
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> Pollution
SVS >> Reflected Solar Radiation
SVS >> Reflectivity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Aerosols >> Cloud Condensation Nuclei
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Absorption
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
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