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Goddard Earth Science Labratories


Goddard Earth Science Labratories


We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth?s atmosphere and surface. Our Climate research program seeks to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers, both natural and anthropogenic.


Atmospheres Annual Reports

Research Areas

Aerosol Remote Sensing and Modeling

The Climate and Radiation Lab (CRL) has a very active group studying the climate and health impacts of airborne particles ("aerosols"). Aerosol particles reflect sunlight, which tends to cool surfaces locally. Some also absorb sunlight, warming and stabilizing the ambient atmosphere while still cooling the surface below, sometimes suppressing cloud formation, and even affecting large-scale atmospheric circulation...

Climate Analysis

The goal of climate analysis is to better understand the Earth’s past and present climate, and to predict future climate response to changes in natural and human-induced factors, such as the Sun, greenhouse gases (e.g., water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane), and aerosols (e.g., from dust storms, pollution, fires, sea spray or volcanic eruptions). Climate analysis studies are routinely carried out using a mix of data from diverse sources including historical climate data, current and past satellite instruments, field campaigns, and outputs from regional and global numerical models



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