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Better Estimates of Clouds’ Climate Effects Are on the Horizon

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A recent update to an algorithm for processing satellite data could improve understanding of the variable climate effects of clouds composed of different amounts of ice and liquid.  The water that makes up a cloud can exist as liquid droplets, ice crystals, or a mixture.... more

La Niña Subtype May Have a Big Impact on Aerosols in China

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— During a newly identified “flavor” of La Niña called La Niña Modoki, aerosol concentrations over different regions of eastern China may depend heavily on the strength of the event.  Tiny particles known as aerosols pepper the atmosphere worldwide. Some aerosols are.... more

Looking Up: Taking Photos May Improve Climate Models

Emily Underwood, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights—Snapshots of clouds taken from the ground reveal orders of magnitude more detail than satellites.  Clouds can both cool Earth by reflecting energy from the Sun and warm it by trapping heat like a blanket. Because traditional climate models lack detailed descriptions.... more

Satellite Data Reveal Effects of Aerosols in Earth’s Atmosphere

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Combining data from multiple sources could aid in predicting the tiny atmospheric particles’ effects on global warming.  Earth’s atmosphere is dusted with tiny particles known as aerosols, which include windblown ash, sea salt, pollution, and other natural and human-produced.... more

Quantitative three-dimensional ice roughness from scanning electron microscopy

Editors’ Highlight—This paper presents a method for using scanning electron microscope imagery to infer surface morphology of tiny ice crystals. This method extracts three-dimensional information about the ice surfaces, and finds some unexpected features. There are long, deep valleys in some instances,.... more