Response of Aerosol Direct Radiative Effect to the East Asian Summer Monsoon Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2014 IEEE. Asian summer monsoon and atmospheric aerosol simultaneously influence the climate in the East Asian region. However, substantial uncertainties exist in the current understanding of the interactions between monsoon and aerosol and their combined effects. Previous studies have shown that aerosols influence the strength of monsoon and monsoon-related water cycles; however, monsoon strongly regulates the aerosol spatial distribution. This letter investigates the radiative flux response at the top of the atmosphere to the Asian summer monsoon by using observations made by the Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. In comparison with the ten-year (2002-2011) mean climatology, the aerosol radiative effect is estimated over two eastern Asia regions for the months of July in 2002 and 2003, corresponding to a weak and a strong summer monsoon event, respectively. The dramatically different influences show the aerosol radiative forcing over land to be strongly responsive to Asian summer monsoon. Furthermore, the reanalysis-based estimate of the aerosol radiative effect is consistent with its observation-only counterpart.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yi, B., Yang, P., Dessler, A., & da Silva, A. M.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • September 2014