Air Quality & Pollution

Small volcanoes, big climate impact: Sarychev Volcano
March 21, 2013
A new study by an NCAR researcher shows that small- to moderate-size volcanoes have helped slow down warming over the last decade, while industrial emissions of Sun-blocking sulfur dioxide over Asia have contributed relatively little to the slowdown.
Andean glacier melt - NCAR scientist Carl Schmitt on a Peruvian glacier.
February 04, 2013
A team of researchers, including NCAR scientist Carl Schmitt, are climbing high in the Peruvian Andes to assess the extent to which the white ice is being darkened by ash and other particulates that are emitted by nearby industrial operations. The dark particles can accelerate glacial melting, eventually threatening runoff that supplies water for millions of South American residents.
Inversion over Salt Lake City, January 2011, related to persistent cold and pollution events
January 24, 2013
Much of the United States has felt winter’s bite this week, with fresh but frigid cold to the east and a weeks-long spell of stagnant, polluted chill to the west.
Cooking over an open fire in Ghana.
November 01, 2012
NCAR scientists are leading a three-year, international study into the impact of open-fire cooking on regional air quality and disease.
Close-up depiction of solar turbulence
October 08, 2012
First in the queue for the NCAR-Wyoming Yellowstone system is a set of 11 computing-intensive projects tackling major problems in Earth and atmospheric science.

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