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Journal Article: BibTeX citation key:  Knippertz2015
Knippertz, P., Evans, M. J., Field, P. R., Fink, A. H., Liousse, C. & Marsham, J. H. (2015) The possible role of local air pollution in climate change in West Africa. Nature Climate Change. IN Nature Climate Change, 5. 815–822.
Added by: Andreas Fink 2015-08-24 18:34:42
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Categories: Aerosol and Chemistry, Atmospheric processes
Keywords: Aerosol, Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Chemistry, Clouds - Convection, Dynamics, Observation system, Rainfall
Creators: Evans, Field, Fink, Knippertz, Liousse, Marsham
Collection: Nature Climate Change

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Abstract
The climate of West Africa is characterized by a sensitive monsoon system that is associated with marked natural precipitation variability. This region has been and is projected to be subject to substantial global and regional-scale changes including greenhouse-gas-induced warming and sea-level rise, land-use and land-cover change, and substantial biomass burning. We argue that more attention should be paid to rapidly increasing air pollution over the explosively growing cities of West Africa, as experiences from other regions suggest that this can alter regional climate through the influences of aerosols on clouds and radiation, and will also affect human health and food security. We need better observations and models to quantify the magnitude and characteristics of these impacts.
Added by: Andreas Fink