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Press Release 11-243

Air Pollution a Culprit in Worsening Drought and Flooding

Increases in aerosols can affect cloud development

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Radar image of clouds.

A radar image of clouds; data from a decade of time played an important role in the results.

Credit: ARM Climate Research Facility


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Photo showing a storm that is monitored by cloud radars.

A storm monitored by cloud radars provides key data for this study.

Credit: Z. Li, University of Maryland


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Image of cloud radars catching a storm.

A field experiment to study effects of aerosols on climate in China.

Credit: ARM Climate Research Facility
Photo courtesy of Scott Collis, Creative Commons Attribution License


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Image of a ground radar facility used to track the evolution of storms.

Key questions connecting aerosols and rainfall frequency and rain rate.

Credit: ARM Climate Research Facility


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Graphs showing the effects of aerosols on rain frequency and rain rate.

Key findings include the interconnections between aerosols and air pollution.

Credit: Z. Li, University of Maryland


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Testing the Theories Governing Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation with Long-term Data.

Scientific questions in the study, and the researchers' approach, centered on long-term data.

Credit: Z. Li, University of Maryland


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