skip to main content
DOE PAGES title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Transient Climate Impacts for Scenarios of Aerosol Emissions from Asia: A Story of Coal versus Gas

Abstract

Fuel usage is an important driver of anthropogenic aerosol emissions. In Asia, it is possible that aerosol emissions may increase if business continues as usual, with economic growth driving an increase in coal burning. But it is also possible that emissions may decrease rapidly as a result of the widespread adoption of cleaner technologies or a shift toward noncoal fuels, such as natural gas. In this study, the transient climate impacts of two aerosol emissions scenarios are investigated: a representative concentration pathway 4.5 (RCP4.5) control, which projects a decrease in anthropogenic aerosol emissions, and a scenario with enhanced anthropogenic aerosol emissions from Asia. A coupled atmosphere–ocean configuration of the Community Earth System Model (CESM), including the Community Atmosphere Model, version 5 (CAM5), is used. Three sets of initial conditions are used to produce a three-member ensemble for each scenario. Enhanced Asian aerosol emissions are found to exert a large cooling effect across the Northern Hemisphere, partially offsetting greenhouse gas–induced warming. Aerosol-induced suppression of the East Asian and South Asian summer monsoon precipitation occurs. The enhanced Asian aerosol emissions also remotely impact precipitation in other parts of the world. Over Australia, austral summer monsoon precipitation is enhanced, an effect associated withmore » a southward shift of the intertropical convergence zone, driven by the aerosol-induced cooling of the Northern Hemisphere. Over the Sahel, West African monsoon precipitation is suppressed, likely via a weakening of the West African westerly jet. These results indicate that fuel usage in Asia, through the consequent aerosol emissions and associated radiative effects, might significantly influence future climate both locally and globally.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Singapore)
  2. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1438003
Grant/Contract Number:  
FG02-94ER61937
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Climate
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0894-8755
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Geographic location/entity; Asia; Atm/Ocean Structure/ Phenomena; Monsoons; Physical Meteorology and Climatology; Aerosols; Climate prediction; Models and modeling; Climate models; General circulation models

Citation Formats

Grandey, Benjamin S., Cheng, Haiwen, and Wang, Chien. Transient Climate Impacts for Scenarios of Aerosol Emissions from Asia: A Story of Coal versus Gas. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0555.1.
Grandey, Benjamin S., Cheng, Haiwen, & Wang, Chien. Transient Climate Impacts for Scenarios of Aerosol Emissions from Asia: A Story of Coal versus Gas. United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0555.1.
Grandey, Benjamin S., Cheng, Haiwen, and Wang, Chien. Wed . "Transient Climate Impacts for Scenarios of Aerosol Emissions from Asia: A Story of Coal versus Gas". United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0555.1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1438003.
@article{osti_1438003,
title = {Transient Climate Impacts for Scenarios of Aerosol Emissions from Asia: A Story of Coal versus Gas},
author = {Grandey, Benjamin S. and Cheng, Haiwen and Wang, Chien},
abstractNote = {Fuel usage is an important driver of anthropogenic aerosol emissions. In Asia, it is possible that aerosol emissions may increase if business continues as usual, with economic growth driving an increase in coal burning. But it is also possible that emissions may decrease rapidly as a result of the widespread adoption of cleaner technologies or a shift toward noncoal fuels, such as natural gas. In this study, the transient climate impacts of two aerosol emissions scenarios are investigated: a representative concentration pathway 4.5 (RCP4.5) control, which projects a decrease in anthropogenic aerosol emissions, and a scenario with enhanced anthropogenic aerosol emissions from Asia. A coupled atmosphere–ocean configuration of the Community Earth System Model (CESM), including the Community Atmosphere Model, version 5 (CAM5), is used. Three sets of initial conditions are used to produce a three-member ensemble for each scenario. Enhanced Asian aerosol emissions are found to exert a large cooling effect across the Northern Hemisphere, partially offsetting greenhouse gas–induced warming. Aerosol-induced suppression of the East Asian and South Asian summer monsoon precipitation occurs. The enhanced Asian aerosol emissions also remotely impact precipitation in other parts of the world. Over Australia, austral summer monsoon precipitation is enhanced, an effect associated with a southward shift of the intertropical convergence zone, driven by the aerosol-induced cooling of the Northern Hemisphere. Over the Sahel, West African monsoon precipitation is suppressed, likely via a weakening of the West African westerly jet. These results indicate that fuel usage in Asia, through the consequent aerosol emissions and associated radiative effects, might significantly influence future climate both locally and globally.},
doi = {10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0555.1},
journal = {Journal of Climate},
number = 8,
volume = 29,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 7 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share:

Works referencing / citing this record:

Radiative effects of interannually varying vs. interannually invariant aerosol emissions from fires
journal, January 2016

  • Grandey, Benjamin S.; Lee, Hsiang-He; Wang, Chien
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 16, Issue 22
  • DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-14495-2016

Radiative effects of interannually varying vs. interannually invariant aerosol emissions from fires
journal, January 2016

  • Grandey, Benjamin S.; Lee, Hsiang-He; Wang, Chien
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 16, Issue 22
  • DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-14495-2016