Observation and Modeling of Regional Aerosol and Cloud Radiative Effects

Project Details


Over the past five years, we have completed a number of concrete results with the support of theMinistry of Science and Technology (MOST), including a total of 31 SCI papers publishedbetween 2012 and 2016 in relation to Indochinese biomass burning and Chinese haze, anddeveloped a solid methodology for aerosol remote sensing and radiative effect estimation. At thesame time, through the pipeline of 7-SEAS international cooperation, we have won manyadditional resources and developed new technologies. However, on the basis of the above researchresults, we re-understand the complexity and challenge of this scientific problem. In order tofurther discuss the aerosol-cloud-radiation interaction and its subsequent regional climate change,a four-year plan is proposed to the MOST. We hope to integrate observation and model simulationmethods, step by step, to make a better understanding of this scientific problem. This proposedproject will lead us to better understand the long-range transport, source-receptor relationship ofthe biomass-burning aerosols, the processes of aerosol-cloud interaction, and finally theestimation of aerosol radiation effects. Throughout closure studies, we will gain a betterunderstanding the uncertainties between observation and simulation, and put forward newobservation strategies in the future. In addition, we propose to build a newly atmosphericenvironment modeling system, to understand the meteorological and regional climate feedbackassociated with aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions. To complete the above proposed researchconfiguration, the lidar calibration and low-level atmospheric sounding system will be a criticalneed. The instrument budget requirement is proposed in this project. By investing the facility, itwill not only support this project but also advance our technology in the field. Overall, theproposed project, which integrates a complete concept involving aerosol remote sensing, aerosoloptics measurements, satellite remote sensing, and model simulation, allow us to preciselyquantify the aerosol radiative effects and
Effective start/end date1/08/1731/07/18

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • aerosol-cloud interaction
  • aerosol optical properties
  • aerosol radiative effects
  • biomassburning
  • 7-SEAS


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