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Have Australian rainfall and cloudiness increased due to the remote effects of Asian anthropogenic aerosols?

Rotstayn, Leon D; Cai, Wenju; Dix, Martin R; Feng, Yan; Ginoux, Paul; Herzog, Michael; Ito, Akinori; Penner, Joyce E; Roderick, Michael; Wang, Minghuai; Farquhar, Graham

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There is ample evidence that anthropogenic aerosols have important effects on climate in the Northern Hemisphere but little such evidence in the Southern Hemisphere. Observations of Australian rainfall and cloudiness since 1950 show increases over much of the continent. We show that including anthropogenic aerosol changes in 20th century simulations of a global climate model gives increasing rainfall and cloudiness over Australia during 1951-1996, whereas omitting this forcing gives decreasing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53201
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research
DOI: 10.1029/2006JD007712

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