Stratosphere and Troposphere
One of the most important developments in the past several years has been the realization that the next phase in atmospheric chemistry, dynamics, radiation, and climate research will demand a far more integrated application of modeling, satellite retrievals, and high-resolution, in situ observations. This realization stems from two different causes:
- The first is the increasing awareness that scientific research must develop forecasts that are tested and trusted internationally in such areas as climate change, UV dosage levels resulting from ozone changes in the stratosphere, toxicity levels stemming from the urban-to-regional emission of nitrates, sulfates, organics, soot and heavy metals, etc. This demands an integration of transport and photochemical mechanisms that go well beyond the normal alliance that stems from curiosity-driven studies that operate without regard for timetables or societal demands.
- The second is the increasing level of sophistication in modeling, data assimilation, and technology related to observational systems, whether they be remote or in situ. This enables the scientific community to investigate in finer granularity the cause and effect relationships in the study of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics.
In response to this new realization, the Anderson Group has pursued a course of action based upon a set of objectives of critical importance in today's world.