EGU22-1194
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-1194
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Evidence for clear-sky dimming and brightening in the long-term Potsdam radiation record

Martin Wild1, Stefan Wacker2, Su Yang3, and Arturo Sanchez-Lorenzo4
Martin Wild et al.
  • 1ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, Zurich, Switzerland (martin.wild@env.ethz.ch)
  • 2German Weather Service DWD, Lindenberg Meteorological Observatory, Tauche, Germany
  • 3National Meteorological Information Centre, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
  • 4Department of Physics, University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain

For the explanation of the observed decadal variations in surface solar radiation (known as dimming and brightening) the relative importance of clouds and the cloud-free atmosphere (particularly aerosols) is currently disputed. Here we investigate this issue using daily data from the prominent long-term observational radiation record at Potsdam, Germany, over the 71-years period 1947-2017. We identify cloud-free days based on synop cloud observations as well as on days with maximum atmospheric transmission. Irrespective of the cloud-screening method, strong dimming and brightening tendencies in the atmospheric transmission are evident not only under all-sky, but also of similar magnitude under clear-sky conditions, causing multidecadal variations in surface solar radiation on the order of 10 Wm-2. This points to the cloud-free atmosphere as a main responsible for dimming and brightening in Central Europe and suggests that these variations are anthropogenically forced rather than of natural origin, with aerosol pollutants as likely major drivers.

This study has been published in Geophysical Research Letters (Wild et al. 2021)

Reference:

Wild, M., Wacker, S., Yang, S., and Sanchez-Lorenzo, A. (2021). Evidence for clear-sky dimming and brightening in central Europe. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL092216. https://doi. org/10.1029/2020GL092216

 

 

How to cite: Wild, M., Wacker, S., Yang, S., and Sanchez-Lorenzo, A.: Evidence for clear-sky dimming and brightening in the long-term Potsdam radiation record, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1194, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-1194, 2022.

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