Effect of graphitic carbon on radiative characteristics of aerosols, clouds and snow is investigated using a random internal mixture model in which most particles are randomly distributed throughout the volume of individual aerosols, cloud drops and snow grains. It is found that the specific absorption of carbon in aerosols, drops and snow grains is increased several times over the specific absorption of carbon in air. This leads to a decrease in the albedo of aerosols, clouds and snow, suggesting that graphitic carbon could exert a nonnegligible influence on regional and global climate.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Chemistry
- Waste Management and Disposal