Aerosol research is one of the nine cross-cutting themes of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. AeroCenter is an interdisciplinary union of researchers at NASA Goddard and other organizations in the Washington DC metropolitan area (including NOAA, University of Maryland, and other insititutions) who are interested in many facets of atmospheric aerosols. Interests include aerosol effects on radiative transfer, clouds and precipitation, climate, the biosphere, and atmospheric chemistry the aerosol role in air quality and human health; and the atmospheric correction of aerosol blurring of satellite imagery of the ground. Our regular activities include strong collaborations among aerosol community, informal weekly AeroCenter Forum (seminars, discussions, posters, and paper reviews) and annual aerosol research update.

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AeroCenter 2016 seminar series

We are looking for speakers for the AeroCenter 2016 seminar series. If you are interested in showing your research (completed or in progress) please contact one of the AeroCenter committee members:

Tianle Yuan , Valentina Aquila , David Giles, John Yorks


AeroCenter Highlights

We are pleased to announce that the ‘Deep Blue’ aerosol project now has its own website: http://deepblue.gsfc.nasa.gov/
The site is intended to act as a single resource for the various current and forthcoming Deep Blue satellite aerosol data products (e.g. SeaWiFS, MODIS, VIIRS). It includes information and links related to the data products, such as file formats, publications, and data access locations, as well as some background information on aerosols and aerosol remote sensing for the non-specialist. There is also an RSS feed, to which you can subscribe for updates relating to the project, such as new publications or data versions. The page was put together with the support of three interns from NASA’s high school internship program.
Please feel free to get in touch with Andy Sayer if you have any comments or questions about the website, or Deep Blue in general.

Recent Publications

Kahn, R. A., and B. J. Gaitley, 2015. An analysis of global aerosol type as retrieved by MISR. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023322.
In addition to aerosol optical depth (AOD), aerosol type is required globally for climate forcing calculations, constraining aerosol transport models, and other applications. However, validating satellite aerosol type retrievals is more challenging than testing AOD results, because aerosol type is a more complex quantity, and ground-truth data are far less numerous and generally not as robust. We evaluate the MISR Version 22 aerosol type retrievals by assessing product self-consistency on a regional basis, and by making comparisons with general expectation and with the AERONET aerosol type climatology, as available. The results confirm and add detail to the observation that aerosol type discrimination improves dramatically where mid-visible AOD exceeds about 0.15 or 0.2. When the aerosol type information content of the observations is relatively low, increased scattering-angle range improves particle-type sensitivity. The MISR standard, operational product discriminates among small, medium, and large particles, and exhibits qualitative sensitivity to single-scattering albedo (SSA) under good aerosol-type retrieval conditions, providing a categorical aerosol type classification. MISR Ångström exponent (ANG) deviates systematically from ground-truth where particle types missing from the algorithm climatology are present, or where cloud contamination is likely to occur, and SSA tends to be overestimated where absorbing particles are found. We determined that the number of mixtures passing the algorithm acceptance criteria (#SuccMix) represents aerosol-type retrieval quality effectively, providing a useful aerosol-type quality flag.

Dr. Yoram Kaufman



AEROCENTER: Peter Colarco
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AEROCENTER: Johana Carmona
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

AEROCENTER: Joseph Adesina
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dr. Joseph Adesina will present a seminar on the investigation of southern African aerosol distribution and properties using multi-satellite data and AERONET measurements…

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