Tropospheric Aerosol Radiative Forcing Observational Experiment

Project Description
The overall goal of the Tropospheric Aerosol Radiative Forcing
Observational Experiment (TARFOX) is to reduce uncertainties in
the effects of aerosols on climate by determining the direct
radiative impacts, as well as the chemical, physical, and
optical properties, of the aerosols carried over the western
Atlantic Ocean from the United States.

Objectives:

1. Perform a variety of closure studies by using overdetermined
data sets to test the mutual consistency of measurements and
calculations of a wide range of aerosol properties and effects.

2. Use the results of the closure studies to assess and reduce
uncertainties in estimates of aerosol radiative forcing, as well
as to guide future field programs on this subject.

For more information,
link to http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sgg/tarfox/

[Summary provided by NASA]