Climate and Dynamics
Introduction to special section on Global Dimming and Brightening
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012)
Volume 115, Issue D10, 27 May 2010
How to Cite
2010), Introduction to special section on Global Dimming and Brightening, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D00D00, doi:10.1029/2009JD012841.(
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 6 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUL 2009
- global dimming/brightening
 Global dimming and brightening is a popular expression which refers to the recent observational evidence for substantial decadal variations in solar radiation reaching the Earth's surface. For the first time, a special section is dedicated to this rapidly growing field of research. A comprehensive collection of more than 20 papers sheds new light on the phenomenon of global dimming and brightening. Here I provide a brief introduction and guideline to the special section and place the individual papers into context. To facilitate orientation in this special section, the papers are grouped according to the specific aspects of global dimming and brightening that they address.