Earth  ID: 2214

The Impact of Aerosols on Atmospheric Warming - Version 1

Bright and dark aerosols, combined with solar heating, create different effects in heating the atmosphere and heating the surface of the Earth. This animation zooms into the INDOEX region showing aerosol and solar reflectance (albedo) data from the Terra satellite, then displays how these inputs generate warming of the atmosphere (Atmospheric Forcing - red regions) and cooling of the surface (Surface Forcing - dark regions). Areas of missing data (due to clouds, etc.) are either black or transparent.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography): Scientist
Anand K. Inamdar (Scripps Institution of Oceanography): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Terra/CERES 2001/01/01-2001/03/21
Terra/MODIS 2001/01/01-2001/03/21
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This item is part of this series:
Aerosols and Warming

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Aerosols
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version