- The variable properties of clouds determine their profound effects on radiation and precipitation. They are influenced by and in turn influence the motion of the atmosphere on many scales. They are affected by the presence of aerosols, and modify atmospheric composition in several ways, including the depletion of ozone when they form in the polar stratosphere. The feedback from changes in cloud remains one of the most uncertain aspects of future climate projections and is primarily responsible for the wide range of estimates of climate sensitivity from models.
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