Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science


  • To analyze, quantify and model the feedbacks among the Earth’s atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic environments under historic, current and potential future climate change scenarios
  • To determine anthropogenic and natural contributions to atmospheric composition, and understand their effects on air quality and climate

Why it Matters

  • To improve understanding of the Earth’s complex atmosphere along with our predictive capabilities
  • To better define how the atmosphere is linked regionally and globally to the climate system

Recent Accomplishments

  • Aerosol and chemical transport modeling to quantify the sources and variability of tropospheric aerosol over the North Atlantic
  • Quantification of biomass burning plume injection height using CALIOP lidar and MODIS data
  • Investigation of interdisciplinary science potential of a future geostationary coastal ocean color sensor
  • Development of in situ aerosol spectral extinction instrument


  • NASA HQ, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • USDA Forest Service

Participants / Collaborators

  • Canadian Forest Service (Canada)
  • University of Maryland
  • Imperial College London

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