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Rate of non-linearity in DMS aerosol-cloud-climate interactions
SMHI, Research Department, Air quality.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5709-7507
SMHI, Research Department, Atmospheric remote sensing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6717-8343
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2011 (English)In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 11, no 21, 11175-11183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The degree of non-linearity in DMS-cloud-climate interactions is assessed using the ECHAM5-HAMMOZ model by taking into account end-to-end aerosol chemistry-cloud microphysics link. The evaluation is made over the Southern oceans in austral summer, a region of minimal anthropogenic influence. In this study, we compare the DMS-derived changes in the aerosol and cloud microphysical properties between a baseline simulation with the ocean DMS emissions from a prescribed climatology, and a scenario where the DMS emissions are doubled. Our results show that doubling the DMS emissions in the current climate results in a non-linear response in atmospheric DMS burden and subsequently, in SO2 and H2SO4 burdens due to inadequate OH oxidation. The aerosol optical depth increases by only similar to 20% in the 30 degrees S-75 degrees S belt in the SH summer months. This increases the vertically integrated cloud droplet number concentrations (CDNC) by 25 %. Since the vertically integrated liquid water vapor is constant in our model simulations, an increase in CDNC leads to a reduction in cloud droplet radius of 3.4 % over the Southern oceans in summer. The equivalent increase in cloud liquid water path is 10.7 %. The above changes in cloud microphysical properties result in a change in global annual mean radiative forcing at the TOA of -1.4 W m(-2). The results suggest that the DMS-cloud microphysics link is highly non-linear. This has implications for future studies investigating the DMS-cloud climate feedbacks in a warming world and for studies evaluating geoengineering options to counteract warming by modulating low level marine clouds.

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2011. Vol. 11, no 21, 11175-11183 p.
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:smhi:diva-545DOI: 10.5194/acp-11-11175-2011ISI: 000296967900025OAI: diva2:805343
Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2016-11-21Bibliographically approved

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