EAS 8802
Clouds, Aerosols & Climate

Professor Irina N. Sokolik
office 3104, ph.404-894-6180
email: isokolik@eas.gatech.edu

Location and meeting time:
Monday 11:05-12:55 PM
ES&T L1175

Course Syllabus
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Jan. 24 Lecture 1. Introductory survey
Jan. 31 Lecture 2. Fundamentals of aerosols and clouds. Part 1. Climate-relevant properties and processes
  Required reading Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of IAPSAG Report
Feb. 7 Lecture 3. Fundamentals of aerosols and clouds. Part 2.Observations
  Required reading Chapter 5 of IAPSAG Report
Chapter 2 in Atmospheric Aerosol Properties and Climate Impacts, U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.3, 2009.
Feb. 14 Lecture 4. Variability and trends of aerosol, clouds, and precipitation.
  Required reading Chapter 3 and 4 of IAPSAG Report
Feb. 21 Lecture 5. Types of climate models.
Major processes involving aerosol and clouds and their characteristic scales.
  Required reading Ghan S.J. and S. E. Schwartz Aerosol Properties and Processes: A Path from Field and Laboratory Measurements to Global Climate Models. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Volume 88, Issue 7 (July 2007) pp. 1059-1083.
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Doherty S.L et al. , Lessons Learned from IPCC AR4: Scientific Developments Needed to Understand, Predict, and Respond to Climate Change Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Volume 90, Issue 4 (April 2009) pp. 497-513
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Feb. 28 Lecture 6. Representation of aerosol processes in models.
  Required reading Fast, J.D., W. I. Gustafson, E. G. Chapman, R. C. Easter, J. P. Rishel, R. A. Zaveri, G. A. Grell, and M. C. Barth, The Aerosol Modeling Testbed: A Community Tool to Objectively Evaluate Aerosol Process Modules. BAMS, doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS2868.1 (in press)
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McFiggans, G., et al., The effect of physical and chemical aerosol properties on warm cloud droplet activation. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 2593–2649, 2006
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Mar. 7 Lecture 7. Representation of cloud processes in models.
  Required reading Randall, D., M. Khairoutdinov, A. Arakawa, and W. Grabowski, Breaking the cloud parameterization deadlock. BAMS, 1547-1564, 2003.
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Mar. 28 Lecture 8. Hot topic:
Aerosol-cloud-climate interactions: Aerosol indirect effects
  Required reading Lohmann U. and J. Fletcher, Global indirect aerosol effects: a review. Atmos. Chem. Phys, 5, 715-737, 2005.
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Stevens, B., and G. Feingold (2009), Untangling aerosol effects on clouds and precipitation in a buffered system, Nature, 461(7264), 607-613.
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Apr. 4 Lecture 9. Hot topic:
Carbonaceous aerosols (BC and organic carbon) and their climate impacts
  Class Presentations Lindsey Morgan, The Effect of Aerosols on the Asian Monsoon.
Yuzhong Zhang, Biogenic aerosols and their interactions with climate
  Required reading Ramanathan V. and G. Carmichael (2008), Global and regional climate changes due to black carbon. Nature Geoscience, 1, 4, 221-227.
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Fuzzi, S., Andreae, M. O., Huebert, B. J., Kulmala, M., Bond, T. C., Boy, M., Doherty, S. J., Guenther, A., Kanakidou, M., Kawamura, K., Kerminen, V.-M., Lohmann, U., Russell, L. M., and Pöschl, U.: Critical assessment of the current state of scientific knowledge, terminology, and research needs concerning the role of organic aerosols in the atmosphere, climate, and global change, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 2017-2038, doi:10.5194/acp-6-2017-2006, 2006.
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Andreae, M.O. and A. Glencsér (2006), Black carbon or brown carbon? The nature of light-absorpbing carbonaceous aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 3131-3148.
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Apr. 11 Lecture 10. Hot topic:
Aerosol-clouds-climate interactions in the Arctic and northern latitudes
  Required reading Quinn et al., Short-lived pollutants in the Arctic: their climate impact and possible mitigation strategies. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 1723–1735, 2008.
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Shindell, D.T., et al., A multi-model assessment of pollution transport to the Arctic. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 5353-5372, 2008.
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Supplement Materials