Thus, infrared radiation to space is little affected by the presence of an aerosol layer, relative to the influence on the transmission of visible light. In Fig. 2.99, an Llw scale is added at the top, and curves representing the long-wavelength radiation to space are drawn (thin lines) for different values of the surface temperature, Ts, i.e., the Planck radiation temperature of the upward radiation spectrum [cf. (2.3)]. The optical aerosol thickness at present is believed to be around 0.1. The figure indicates that in order to decrease the average surface temperature by one degree, the aerosol content would have to be increased by a factor ...

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