Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1093–1105, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1093-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1093–1105, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1093-2022
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04 Mar 2022
Research article | 04 Mar 2022

Laser imaging nephelometer for aircraft deployment

Adam T. Ahern et al.

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Particles in the atmosphere play a significant role in climate change by scattering light back into space, reducing the amount of energy available to be absorbed by greenhouse gases. We built a new instrument to measure what direction light is scattered by particles, e.g., wildfire smoke. This is important because, depending on the angle of the sun, some particles scatter light into space (cooling the planet), but some light is also scattered towards the Earth (not cooling the planet).