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Geophysical Monitoring for Climate Change (NOAA)

Project Description
GMCC (Geophysical Monitoring for Climate Change) is part of CMDL
(Climate Monitoring & Diagnostics Laboratory). This project
involoves aerosol measurements which began in the mid
1970's. Since the start of the program, scientific understanding
of the behavior of atmospheric aerosols has improved
considerably.

One lesson learned is that human activities primarily influence
aerosols on a regional/continental scales rather than global
scales.

The goals of this regioanl-scale monitoring program are to
characterize means, variability, and trends of climate-forcing
properties of different types of aerosols, and to understand the
factors that control these properties.
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