Aerosol Properties & Processes

The Aerosol Properties & Processes research program studies processes important to climate, air quality, and precipitation. Researchers measure the physical, chemical, and optical properties of aerosol particles in the field and laboratory to better understand the sources, sinks, and radiative properties of these particles. They utilize advanced data analysis and models to understand the implications of these measurements for the atmosphere.

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Research Highlight Global airborne mission finds a belt of particle formation is brightening clouds. Clouds alter Earth's radiative balance, depending on how bright they are, and starts a process that may occur over 40 percent of the Earth's surface, which may mean today's climate models underestimate the cooling impact of some clouds. Learn More Photo: Sam Hall, NCAR