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Atmospheric Dynamics, Meteorology, and Aerosol Interactions: Climate Implications

Call for Papers

Atmospheric aerosols receive increasing attention due to their critical role in many meteorological, atmospheric, and climate processes. In this respect, aerosols can influence local and regional meteorology and vice versa, by attenuating solar radiation and reemitting thermal radiation due to absorption, and, in turn, modify the local/regional radiation-energy budget, temperature profile, and atmospheric stability. On the other hand, seasonally varying meteorological conditions, mostly via extreme meteorological and atmospheric phenomena such as cyclones, tornadoes, and dust storms, may influence the aerosols types and properties, their emission rates, and long-range transport. Recently, ground-based and airborne measurements, satellite remote sensing, and model simulations have improved our understanding about the aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions to better assess the linkage between meteorology, aerosols, and climate. Nevertheless, large uncertainties still persist in this field, primarily due to the large heterogeneity in aerosol properties, scarcity of adequate data pertaining to aerosol-cloud-meteorology interactions and three-dimensional distribution of aerosols and clouds, and significant mixing of aerosols into the atmosphere.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will help assess the impact of synoptic and dynamic meteorology on aerosol properties, dynamics, and climate implications. We are particularly interested in articles describing the optical properties of atmospheric aerosols and their association with meteorology, clouds, and direct and indirect radiative forcing, insights from both the measurements and model simulations.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of meteorology in atmospheric dynamics and aerosol characteristics (measurements and simulations of coupled aerosol-meteorology interactions)
  • Optical properties of atmospheric aerosols and role of meteorology (formation of fog and haze and hygroscopicity)
  • Extreme meteorological phenomena and associated aerosol impacts
  • Aerosol direct and indirect radiative forcing: insights from measurements and models
  • Impact of natural and anthropogenic aerosols on climate, clouds, and precipitation
  • Environmental and health impacts of aerosols/particulate matter particularly in unusual conditions like fog
Manuscript DueFriday, 26 September 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 19 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 13 February 2015

Lead Guest Editor

  • Umesh C. Dumka, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, India

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