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Top of the atmosphere normalized radiance (a), and degree of linear (b) and circular (c, multiplied by 103) polarization as a function of aerosol optical depth (AOD) at 550 um for selected near-UV to near-IR wavelengths angle 142.5 (SZAD40, VZAD40, RelAzimD120).

Circular Polarization in Atmospheric Aerosols

ESSIC Scientist Santiago Gasso is first author on a new paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics that provides an overview of aerosol sources of circular polarization in the atmosphere and discusses possible remote sensing signatures.

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A cloud of dust obscures a beautiful orange sunset

Zamora Develops Technique to Identify Effects of Dust on Clouds

Lauren Zamora, ESSIC Assistant Research Scientist and a contractor in the Climate and Radiation Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has a new article out in Journal of Climate titled, “Saharan dust aerosols change deep convective cloud prevalence, possibly by inhibiting marine new particle formation”.

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