The representation of clouds, aerosols and cloud-aerosol-radiation interaction remain the largest uncertainties in climate change, limiting our ability to accurately reconstruct and predict future climate change. The South East Atlantic is a region where high atmospheric aerosol loadings (from biomass burning, mineral dust, marine origin) and semi-permanent stratocumulus cloud are co-located. Aside the fundamental knowledge that can be gained from the study of this environment, these perturbations of the radiative systems occurring in the South East Atlantic have a significant impact, not just locally but also via global teleconnections on wider changes in climate. The area is a unique natural laboratory for studying the full range of aerosol-radiation and aerosol-cloud interactions and their perturbations of the Earth’s radiation budget.
Type de contrat ou financeur:
INSU-LEFE-CHAT, PNTS, CNES, ANR, EUFAR
Durée / période du projet:
Septembre 2016 - Septembre 2019
LISA (Paris), IRCELyon, LATMOS (Paris), LA (Toulouse), CNRM (Toulouse), LOA (Lille), SANUMARC (Henties Bay , Namibia), ASU (Phoenix, USA), NorthWest University-South Africa, Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), Università degli Studi di Padova
Paola Formenti (LISA)