Atmospheric Composition &
Dr. David W. Fahey, Program Lead
Angie Baldwin, Secretary (303) 497-7990
NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division
325 Broadway R/CSD6
Boulder, CO 80305 USA
Our program area has two research directions: airborne field measurements of trace gases and aerosols, and laboratory measurements of atmospheric chemical processes.
We design, develop, and deploy instruments aboard research aircraft for measurements of trace gases and particles. We interpret these observations to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes related to air quality, ozone depletion, and climate change.
We characterize the atmospheric lifetimes and photochemical processing of trace species emitted into or formed in the atmosphere and their impact on ozone production, air quality, and climate. We develop instrumentation for the detection of key atmospheric species to improve our ability to study key atmospheric species in the laboratory and field.
Black carbon contributes to atmospheric warming.
Instruments deployed to measure atmospheric trace species.
Characterizing the chemical and physical properties of atmospheric trace species.
Published findings from field measurements and laboratory studies.