Did you know that brighter clouds can significantly reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching our planet’s surface? A new study offers more details about that, revealing what emissions of organic compounds from vegetation can do.
Here is what you need to know.
Brighter Clouds to Fight Climate Warming
A team of Finnish researchers came up with quite the study, revealing key details about atmospheric aerosols and brighter clouds.
According to the new data, the emissions of organic compounds from vegetation can increase due to higher temperatures. But that’s the best-case scenario because that process can efficiently slow down global warming.
How is that possible?
Apparently, atmospheric aerosols are capable of scattering and absorbing solar light. Such a thing can highly influence the formation of clouds. Unfortunately, these things are still not fully comprehended, leading to huge difficulties when estimating the aerosols’ role in climate change.
That’s where the new study kicks in.
The team succeeded in estimating the influence of volatile organic compounds released by boreal forests on aerosol absorption and cloud properties. The results are genuinely intriguing.
The new data revealed that biogenic aerosols produced by volatile organic compounds lowered the solar radiation concentration reaching our planet’s surface. And such a thing works by dispersing more radiation back to space.
Moreover, those aerosols increased the number of cloud droplets, turning clouds into some great reflective weapons. The processes become more powerful as the temperature gets higher, showing that natural aerosols can really slow down global warming. And that’s not all.
The consequences of the radiative effects of those processes have a lot in common. Also, their combined force is huge compared to the radiative effect of anthropogenic aerosols in the boreal region.
In the future, scientists should consider that new information to come up with more climate model simulations.