Tom Kirchstetter with aerosol measuring equipment

Atmospheric Aerosols

Atmospheric aerosol research at Berkeley Lab seeks to understand the air quality and climate impacts of particles in the atmosphere. On going research topics include:

  • The impact of black carbon on the albedo and melting of snow and ice in laboratory and field measurements
  • Indoor air quality and climate impacts of improved cookstove technology in developing regions
  • The effect of aerosol mixing state on aerosol single scattering albedo and black carbon absorption cross-section
  • Evaluation of black carbon and aerosol light-absorption measurement techniques
  • Trends in pollutant emissions from gasoline and diesel powered motor vehicles, and changes in response to emission control technologies and fuel reformulation
  • Historical trends in black carbon concentrations in the atmosphere inferred from proxy data