Atmospheric Composition & Chemical Processes

The Atmospheric Composition & Chemical Processes (ACCP) research program targets atmospheric constituents and chemical processes affecting air quality, the ozone layer, and climate. Researchers conceive, construct, develop, and deploy instruments to measure atmospheric trace gases and aerosols, and interpret observations to better understand atmospheric processes. ACCP conducts much of its research via airborne campaigns including research aircraft, weather balloons, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), but includes ground and ship-based measurements within its portfolio.

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Research Highlight: Towering wildfire clouds have big impacts on the stratosphere. A team of atmospheric scientists has demonstrated these big vertical plumes of wildfire smoke have a major long term impact on the stratosphere – and climate. Learn More Photo: David Peterson, NRL