The relationship between the chemistry and impact of aerosol particles on climate better captured by a simple formula, suggested by researchers including Ass Prof of CARE-C Andrea Pozzer
An international research team, led by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), which included Adjunct Associate Professor Andrea Pozzer, of CARE-C at the Cyprus Institute, was able to reduce the relationship between the chemical composition and the hygroscopicity of aerosol particles to a simple linear formula.
The study, which has been recently published in the ‘Nature Communications’ journal, has revealed that hygroscopicity (the capacity of a particle to hold water), averaged globally, is essentially determined by the share of organic and inorganic materials making up the aerosol.
The simple new formula to calculate the relationship between the chemical composition and the hygroscopicity of aerosol particles, proposed by this research has significant implications on climate forecasts as it can increase the reliability investigations and forecasts related to climate change.
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