Clouds, Aerosol, & Climate

The Clouds, Aerosol, & Climate research program studies clouds, their interaction with aerosol particles, their radiative properties, and their ability to produce precipitation. Researchers use diverse, innovative modeling techniques as well as observations to understand the physical and radiative properties of clouds.

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Research Highlight Low hanging clouds that hover over large areas of the world's oceans exert a cooling influence on climate by reflecting solar radiation back to space. Some have suggested that humans could offset the impacts of global warming by artificially seeding these clouds with aerosol particles to brighten them and increase their reflectivity. Learn More Image: NASA satellite