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  Gateways into AEROMAP


The AEROMAP Project has as its aim the development of a satellite-based real-time monitor of global aerosols and their microphysical properties. To get an idea, view a stunning NASA GEOS-5 video of aerosols of different types as they flow from out from their source regions and mix. You can also view an annotated version set to music produced by Phil Plait who writes the Bad Astronomy blog. The Earth Observatory also allows you to explore how key parts of Earth's climate system change from month to month in a series of animated global maps:


The best official source of information on the scientific basis for climate change can be found in the reports of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A thorough understanding of aerosols can be learned by reading Chapter 5 of the IPCC 2001 3rd assessment report: Aerosols, their direct and indirect effects. Another good general route into the field of aerosol physics is the following overview by NASA's Earth Observatory, Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact. Finally, a step short of leaping into research on your own, I suggest also reading the following important feature articles:


The advent of Open Course Ware now makes available graduate level courses to the interested reader. I regularly look for updates in the courses on: Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science. In addition, Professor Irina Sokolik at the Georgia Institute of Technology runs a series of excellent lectures on: