Vol. 15, issue 02, article # 1

pdf Kondratyev K. Ya. Aerosol as a climate-forming component of the atmosphere. Part 1. Physical properties and chemical composition. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 2002. V. 15. No. 02. P. 105-124.
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Recent studies of physical properties and chemical composition of atmospheric aerosol are reviewed in the context of investigating aerosol as a climate-forming component of the atmosphere with the emphasis on discussion of Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE) results. Basic processes responsible for formation of atmospheric aerosol are briefly analyzed. The results of new efforts to justify atmospheric aerosol models are summarized. Major problems in numerical simulation of the spatiotemporal three-dimensional variability of aerosol number density and size distribution are characterized.