Aerosol and Radiative Aspects in Clouds

  • Aerosol and Radiative Aspects in Clouds
  • Lecturers:
  • Dr. M. Vountas and Dr. L. Lelli

Lecture content:

The effect of anthropogenic aerosols on cloud droplet concentrations and radiative properties is the source of one of the largest uncertainties in the radiative forcing of climate over the industrial period. This lecture will give you an overview of the fundamentals and current research on aerosols and clouds (the latter will focus on radiative effects). An introduction will motivate research on aerosols and cloud radiative aspects. We will then have a look at the fundamentals of atmospheric radiation, light scattering and terrestrial radiative transfer accounting specifically for aerosols and clouds. Finally we will look at the microphysical properties of aerosols and different measurement techniques.

Topics covered:

Fundamentals of atmospheric radiation
Light scattering theories
Atmospheric radiative transfer
Microphysics of aerosols
Measurement techniques (and their application) of aerosols