Atmospheric Composition & Chemical Processes

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Research Highlight Climate: Analysis of massive cloud of wildfire smoke will help calibrate climate models, including modeling of nuclear winter and geoengineering. Researchers studying the plume found that black carbon or soot in the smoke was key to the plume's rapid rise: the soot absorbed solar radiation, heating the surrounding air and allowing the plume to quickly rise. Learn More Photo: David Peterson, NRL

Dr. Ru-Shan Gao, Program Lead
Catherine Weable, Admin Support Assistant (303) 497-7990

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway R/CSL6
Boulder, CO 80305 USA


Focus

The research direction of our program area is airborne field measurements of trace gases and aerosols.

Measurements

We design, develop, and deploy instruments aboard research aircraft for measurements of trace gases and particles. We interpret these observations to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes related to air quality, ozone depletion, and climate.

Collaborations

Our group works in close coordination with other CSL and ESRL research programs, and colleagues in NASA's atmospheric research groups involved in airborne field measurements to explore atmospheric composition and the processes in the atmosphere that influence air quality and climate.

Publications

Publications

Field Projects

Field Projects
Black carbon contributes to atmospheric warming.

Measurements

Measurements
Research data from collaborative field missions.

Instruments

Instruments
Instruments deployed to measure atmospheric trace species.