Sources of Aerosols

  • Released Thursday, February 19th, 2009
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:54PM
  • ID: 10386

Aerosols can occur in nature, but they can also originate from human activity. These animations provide an introduction to four of the varied sources of atmospheric aerosols: cities, forest fires, the ocean, and deserts.

This is the opening scene in a larger animation showing the sources of various types of aerosols. The smog emitted from the city is exaggerated so that the viewer understands that aerosols are coming from the city. The camera follows the path of the aerosol cloud into the sky where it rests on a cloud (aerosols being added to the cloud).

For More Information


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
Audio by Michael Willy.


This visualization is related to the following missions:

Datasets used in this visualization

Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details, nor the data sets themselves on our site.