The influence of aerosol particles on clouds remains one of the largest uncertainties in accurately predicting the Earth’s energy balance in a changing climate system. The size and chemical composition of aerosol particles affects their radiative properties and ability to grow into cloud droplets, thus influencing the properties and lifetimes of cloud. Recent studies suggest that the presence of surface-active organics (surfactants) in these particles may play a role in cloud droplet growth, but the surfactant properties of aerosol particles are not well-constrained.
Exploring Climate Change
UGA marine scientists are involved in understanding how climate change affects the oceans.
Salt Marsh Ecosystems
Understanding the effects of a changing environment on salt marshes.
Birds at Sapelo Island
Either seasonally or permanently, shorebirds and indigenous species call this island home
Exploring the deep
Exploring the deep ocean of the Gulf of Mexico using Alvin.
A science platform for coastal and shelf waters in the southeast.