To fully understand the broad impacts of solar variability on Earth’s climate, solar processes and variability in the past and the present must be taken into account, and the various Sun-climate connections and their mechanisms, at different timescales, must be considered.
The SCRC Fellows have wide-ranging expertise in:
- measuring and interpreting the total and spectral energy output from the Sun from the shortest wavelengths through the near-infrared, including energetic solar outbursts, and the impacts of energetic particle precipitation within Earth’s atmosphere,
- development and calibration of state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure the total and spectral energy output from the sun,
- the transfer of the Sun’s energy imparted by scattering and absorption within Earth’s atmosphere (aerosols, clouds, molecular gas components) and surface
- the impacts of the Sun’s energy on atmospheric chemistry, and
- numerical modeling of the Sun’s impact on atmospheric composition and Earth’s energy budget, and
- applying results to regional and global climate questions.
For an overview of a long history of collaborative efforts in satellite, airborne, and rocket missions, please visit: Missions.
For a list of publications specific to the Sun and Earth’s Climate, please visit: Publications.