Observations of large aerosol infrared forcing at the surface
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 12, June 2003
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2003), Observations of large aerosol infrared forcing at the surface, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1655, doi:10.1029/2002GL016829, 12., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Received: 22 DEC 2002
 Studies of aerosol effects on the Earth’s energy budget usually consider only the cooling effects at short (solar) wavelengths, but we demonstrate that they also have important warming effects at thermal infrared (IR) wavelengths that have rarely been observed and are commonly ignored in climate models. We use high-resolution spectra to obtain the IR radiative forcing at the surface for aerosols encountered in the outflow from northeastern Asia. The spectra were measured by the Marine-Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (M-AERI) from the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown during the Aerosol Characterization Experiment-Asia (ACE-Asia). We show that the daytime surface IR forcing are often a few Wm−2 and can reach almost 10 Wm−2 for large aerosol loadings. Thus, even the smaller aerosol IR forcing observed here are comparable to or greater than the 1 to 2 Wm−2 IR surface enhancement from increases in greenhouse gases. These results highlight the importance of aerosol IR forcing which should be included in climate model simulations.