Special Issue "Air Pollution, Cloud, and Climate Interactions"

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yang Zhang

Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8208, USA
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Interests: air pollution modeling and assessment; atmospheric chemistry and transport; chemistry and dynamics of atmospheric aerosols; sensitivity; uncertainty; and process analysis; interactions among air quality; meteorology; climate change; earth system modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Jiwen Fan

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PO Box 999, MSIN K9-30, Richland, WA 99352, USA
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Phone: 509/375-2116 (o)
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Interests: cloud physics; aerosol-cloud interactions; convection; aerosol impacts; ice nucleation; weather and regional climate

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Air pollution and climate change are two major environmental problems occurring at various spatial scales from local to global scales. It has been a consensus that anthropogenic air pollutants are responsible for air quality degradation, human health effects, and adverse climate changes. The complex feedback mechanisms between air pollution and climate change such as aerosol-cloud-radiation-precipitation interactions pose unprecedented challenges for the mitigation of air pollution and adverse climate change. Despite a historic separation of the research communities for tackling the two issues, their interplays through various feedback mechanisms are receiving increasing attentions by both research and regulatory communities. Understanding of those complex feedback mechanisms requires coordinated, multidisciplinary research efforts as some emission control strategies aiming at reducing air pollution might exacerbate adverse climate change in some particular regions (e.g., reduction of sulfate improves air quality but might enhance local warming). Integrated mitigation strategies are thus required to effectively address both issues.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions that advance our scientific understanding of air pollution, cloud, and climate interactions in terms of both observation and modeling at various spatial scales ranging from small process scale to global scale and at various temporal scales ranging from short-term (on an order of days) to long-term (on an order of multi-decades). We invite submissions of novel, original investigation and review papers that have important scientific and policy implications.

Prof. Dr. Yang Zhang
Dr. Jiwen Fan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Anthropogenic emissions and air pollution
  • Anthropogenic climate change
  • Impact of greenhouse gases on climate
  • Aerosol direct, semi-direct, and indirect effects
  • Aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate-precipitation interactions
  • Integrated emission reduction strategy for pollution control and climate mitigation
  • Impact of black carbon on radiation and climate
  • Climatic impacts of secondary organic aerosol

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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