Chemistry & Climate Processes

The Chemistry & Climate Processes research program provides integrated analysis and modeling that addresses chemistry and climate processes spanning the troposphere and stratosphere. Researchers advance the scientific building blocks that underlie science and policy, and provide scientific leadership to improve understanding and directly assist public policy. They also collaborate widely with colleagues at other NOAA labs, in academia, and in international research organizations.

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Research Highlight: CSL researchers used a climate model to simulate the plume rise, transport, chemical, and climate impacts of the smoke from the massive Australian bushfires. Simulations suggest that the smoke remained in the stratosphere for all of 2020 and that it measurably warmed the stratosphere by about 1–2 K for more than 6 months. Learn More Photo: David Peterson, NRL