AS4.11Mediterranean aerosols: from physico-chemical and optical properties to radiative and climate effects
|Convener: Nikos Hatzianastassiou | Co-Conveners: Nikolaos Mihalopoulos , Pinhas Alpert , Alcide di Sarra , JEAN SCIARE|
Aerosol particles are fundamental to the Earth-atmosphere system and humankind. In particular, they play a crucial role in climate, and remain the largest source of uncertainty for present and future climate assessments. Therefore, understanding their properties and identifying related processes is of primary importance for obtaining better estimates of climate change. One of the greater difficulties to understand aerosol properties and processes arises from the large diversity of aerosol types and properties and from their strong/rapid spatial and temporal variability as well as their inhomogeneous emissions.
The Mediterranean basin is characterized by elevated aerosol amounts, co-existence of various aerosol types, of both natural and anthropogenic origin, while it is one of the most climatically sensitive areas. Therefore, it offers ideal conditions for studies related to the aerosol physical, chemical and optical properties, which are key issues for advancing our understanding on aerosols. Studies dealing with such properties, based on ground, satellite or airborne-based measurements and involving various methods of analysis or modeling techniques are welcome to the present session. Also, investigations on radiative effects of aerosols and their links to the regional climate are especially encouraged.