Opportunities to Improve the Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models with National Collection Systems: Unclassified WorkshopBoard on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way Irvine CA 92612
Specific Goals for this Workshop:
- Review current and planned, non-proprietary and unclassified, satellite observations capable of measuring the relationships between aerosols, clouds and precipitation.
- Hear from invited experts on specific instrument-related topics, including
- attributes, measurements, tolerances and calibration
- current observing system capabilities (multiple instruments), and gaps in that system
- next-generation instruments and systems
- Identify opportunities available in the current and planned Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS), including the civilian space sector, for building a coherent system to address aerosol-cloud interactions and related questions. Identify also the limitations.
Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event
The impact of aerosols on the atmosphere is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant and uncertain aspects of climate change projections. Aerosols influence the climate directly by increasing the amount of sunlight reflected back to space and indirectly through their interactions with clouds. Small changes in cloud cover, thickness, altitude, and cloud particle size and type (liquid vs. ice) affect the Earth's radiative balanc... More >>