Aerosol growth dynamics may have implications for the steerability of stratospheric solar radiation management via sulfur particles. This paper derives a set of critical initial growth conditions that are analyzed as a function of two key parameters: the initial concentration of the injected sulfuric acid and its dilution rate with the surrounding air. Based upon this analysis, early aerosol growth dynamical regimes may be defined and classified in terms of their likelihood to serve as candidates for the controlled generation of a radiatively effective aerosol. Our results indicate that the regime that fulfills all critical conditions would require that airplane turbines be used to provide sufficient turbulence. The regime's parameter space is narrow and related to steep gradients, thus pointing to potential fine tuning requirements. More research, development, and testing would be required to refine our findings and determine their global-scale implications.
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Benduhn, F., Schallock, J., Lawrence, M. G. (2016): Early growth dynamical implications for the steerability of stratospheric solar radiation management via sulfur aerosol particles. - Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 18, p. 9956-9963.DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL070701
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