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A revisit to decadal change of aerosol optical depth and its impact on global radiation over China

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Wenjun Tang
Kun Yang
Jun Qin
Xiaolei Niu
Changgui Lin
Xianwen Jing
Publicerad i Atmospheric Environment
Volym 150
Sidor 106-115
ISSN 1352-2310
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper
Sidor 106-115
Språk en
Länkar doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.11....
Ämnesord Aerosol optical depth, Clear-sky, Global radiation, Visibility
Ämneskategorier Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap, Klimatforskning, Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning

Sammanfattning

Global radiation over China decreased between the 1960s and 1990, since when it has remained stable. As the total cloud cover has continued to decrease since the 1960s, variations in aerosols were suggested in previous studies to be the primary cause for variations in global radiation over China. However, the effect of aerosols on global radiation on a decadal scale has not been physically quantified over China. In this study, aerosol optical depth (AOD) data since 1980 are estimated by combining horizontal visibility data at stations in China and AOD observed by the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS). It is found that the AOD exhibits decadal changes, with two decreasing periods (before the end of 1980s and after 2006) and one increasing period (from 1990 to 2006). With the derived AOD, a clear-sky model is then applied to quantify the role of aerosols in the variations in global radiation over China. The results show that aerosol direct effect cannot fully explain the decadal variations in the global radiation over China between 1980 and 2010, though it has a considerable effect on global radiation climatology. There are significant differences between the trends of clear-sky global radiation impacted by aerosols and those of all-sky global radiation impacted by aerosols and clouds, and the correlation coefficient for the comparison is very low. Therefore, the variations in all-sky global radiation over China are likely to be due to changes in cloud properties and to interactions between clouds and aerosols.

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