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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Research

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.