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Amelioration of global warming by controlled enhancement of the albedo and longevity of low-level maritime clouds

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  • John Latham

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    1. MMM Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, PO BOX 3000, Boulder, Colorado, 80307-3000, USA
    • MMM Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, PO BOX 3000, Boulder, Colorado, 80307-3000, USA
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    • Also at: Physics Dept, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD


Abstract

A technique is proposed for controlled enhancement of droplet concentrations in low-level maritime clouds, with corresponding increase in their albedo and longevity, thereby producing a cooling effect. It involves dissemination at the ocean surface of small seawater droplets which act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). It has low ecological impact. Copyright © 2002 Royal Meteorological Society.

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