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Mishchenko et al. 2002

Mishchenko, M., J. Penner, and D. Anderson, 2002: Global Aerosol Climatology Project. J. Atmos. Sci., 59, 249, doi:10.1175/1520-0469(2002)059<0249:GACP>2.0.CO;2.

Tropospheric aerosols are thought to cause a significant direct and indirect forcing of climate, but the magnitude of this forcing remains highly uncertain because of inadequate knowledge of global aerosol characteristics and their temporal changes. To address this complex issue in a coordinated and coherent way, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Radiation Sciences Program and the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) established in 1998 a joint program called the Global Aerosol Climatology Project (GACP). The main objectives of GACP are to 1) analyze satellite radiance obser vations and field measurements in order to infer the global distribution of aerosol properties and their seasonal and interannual variations, and 2) perform advanced modeling studies of the aerosol formation, processing, and transport. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop advanced global aerosol climatologies for the full period of available satellite data suitable for use in studies of the direct and indirect effects of aerosols on climate and to make these climatologies broadly available.

This special issue is intended to summarize the principal results of the initial 3-yr phase of GACP. Although most of the papers included have been contributed by GACP Science Team members, the issue was open to any papers reporting on significant new developments in physics and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols.

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  author={Mishchenko, M. and Penner, J. and Anderson, D.},
  title={Global Aerosol Climatology Project},
  journal={J. Atmos. Sci.},

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ID  - mi03300x
AU  - Mishchenko, M.
AU  - Penner, J.
AU  - Anderson, D.
PY  - 2002
TI  - Global Aerosol Climatology Project
JA  - J. Atmos. Sci.
VL  - 59
SP  - 249
DO  - 10.1175/1520-0469(2002)059%3C0249%3AGACP%3E2.0.CO;2
ER  -

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