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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

Weather patterns, trans-Pacific pollution cause spring ozone spikes in SW US

Blog Post—Late spring and early summer is when the air quality is generally good across most of the United States. But newly published research details how a common springtime weather pattern and pollution transported from Asia often conspire to create unhealthy ozone levels for the desert southwest. Ozone.... more

People aren’t the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards

Blog Post—When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015, the agency exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris.... more

Clouds Don’t Reflect as Much Sunlight as Previously Thought

Emily Underwood, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights—  Icy clouds may actually increase, not decrease, the amount of solar energy that reaches Earth. For scientists modeling climate, the behavior of both natural and human-made airborne particles, called aerosols, is notoriously difficult to capture. Ranging in size from.... more