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Emerging Asian aerosol patterns

Samset, B. H., Lund, M. T., Bollasina, M. A., Myhre, G. and Wilcox, L. ORCID: (2019) Emerging Asian aerosol patterns. Nature Geoscience, 12. pp. 582-584. ISSN 1752-0894

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Anthropogenic aerosol emissions over Asia are changing rapidly, both in composition and spatial distribution1. The Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), potential narratives of development used by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in future projections, span a range of influences of aerosols on climate over the next decades. Several of these narratives project the continuation of a trend manifested in observations since 2010, with a clear dipole between South and East Asia. The patterns of radiative forcing that result from these distributions of aerosols will differ from those of the late 20th century. They may instigate large-scale atmospheric responses that could have wide ranging impacts on climate and society well beyond the aerosol source regions. South and East Asia are particularly vulnerable to climate change because of strong seasonal variations in precipitation, high average temperature, and very high population density. Therefore, any aerosol impacts on the strength or seasonal variations in monsoon rainfall, freshwater availability, or climate extremes, will incur large societal costs. We urge the scientific community to make definite progress towards understanding and quantifying the impacts of Asian aerosols and to tackle the potentially large regional and hemispheric implications of these emerging trends.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:85063
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group


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