Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

Update 4/11/2012 – See also the post on this paper by Pat Michals – Atmospheric Aerosols and the Death of Nature

In our paper

Matsui, T., and R.A. Pielke Sr., 2006: Measurement-based estimation of  the spatial gradient of aerosol radiative forcing. Geophys. Res. Letts.,  33, L11813, doi:10.1029/2006GL025974

we concluded that

“…… the spatial mean and the spatial gradient of the aerosol radiative forcing in comparison with those of well-mixed greenhouse gases (GHG). Unlike GHG, aerosols have much greater spatial heterogeneity in their radiative forcing. The heterogeneous diabatic heating can modulate the gradient in horizontal pressure field and atmospheric circulations, thus altering the regional climate.”

A new Nature paper supports our finding. This paper is

Booth, Ben B. B., Nick J. Dunstone, Paul R. Halloran1, Timothy Andrews & Nicolas Bellouin: 2012: Aerosols implicated as a prime driver of twentieth-century North Atlantic climate variability. Nature.

The paper is discussed in a…

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