Aircraft contrails reduce solar irradiance
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
©1997. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 78, Issue 41, page 448, 14 October 1997
How to Cite
1997), Aircraft contrails reduce solar irradiance, Eos Trans. AGU, 78(41), 448–448, doi:10.1029/97EO00281., and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
A topic of considerable interest today is whether condensation trails generated by the growing number of passenger and other jet aircraft (Figure 1) alter Earth's radiation balance enough to influence regional weather and global climate [e.g., Rind et al. , 1996].
While any global influences of contrails have yet to be detected, a number of studies show possible regional effects. Changnon , for example, suggested a possible link between contrails from jet aircraft and a reduction in the diurnal maximum and minimum temperature in the midwestern United States. Cirrus evolved from contrails has even been reported to reduce the warming of a solar-heated house [Robinson, 1996].