Buildup of aerosols over the Indian region

Krishna Moorthy, K. ; Suresh Babu, S. ; Manoj, M. R. ; Satheesh, S. K. (2013) Buildup of aerosols over the Indian region Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (5). pp. 1011-1014. ISSN 0094-8276

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Climate change has great significance globally in general and South Asia in particular. Here we have used data from a network of 35 aerosol observatories over the Indian region to generate the first time regional synthesis using primary data and estimate the aerosol trends. On an average, aerosol optical depth (AOD) was found increasing at a rate of 2.3% (of its value in 1985) per year and more rapidly (~4%) during the last decade. If the trends continue so, AOD at several locations would nearly double and approach unity in the next few decades leading to an enhancement in aerosol-induced lower atmospheric warming by a factor of two. However, a regionally averaged scenario can be ascertained only in the coming years, when longer and denser data would become available. The regional and global climate implications of such trends in the forcing elements need to be better assessed using GCMs.

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