Center for Clouds Chemistry and Climate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Data Center Description
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Center for Clouds, Chemistry,
and Climate seeks to integrate observations and field-tested
hypotheses (See figure on cover page) with models used for climate
predictions. We identify gaps in current observing systems; fill these
gaps with new data; and integrate these into global observing systems
and modeling activities. This strategy requires a complex array of
observations from aircraft, surface, buoys, ships and satellites. A
state-of-the-art data integration and archival system is required to
integrate the data and facilitate fast access. Lastly, numerical
models of aerosols and clouds and the coupled ocean/atmosphere system
are needed to link the observations with climate related processes.

Overall Objectives:

1.to identify and quantify the regional radiative forcing due to
aerosols and ozone in pristine and polluted environments;

2. to characterize and parameterize the cloud-radiation-photochemical
interactions in the tropical convective- cirrus systems and the
extra-tropical storm track cloud systems;

3. To understand the role of aerosol forcing and cloud feedbacks in
regional climate changes.

Website: http://www-c4.ucsd.edu/

[Summary provided by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.]


Data Center URL
URL: http://www-c4.ucsd.edu/