CLARIFY: CLouds and Aerosol Radiative Impacts and Forcing

External co-investigator: Jim Haywood, Exeter University

The SE Atlantic is a region where high atmospheric aerosol loadings and semi-permanent stratocumulus cloud are co-located, providing a natural laboratory for studying the full range of aerosol-radiation and aerosol-cloud interactions and their perturbations of the Earth’s radiation budget. CLARIFY will deliver a wide range of airborne, surface-based and satellite measurements of clouds, aerosols, and their radiative impacts to improve numerical models of clouds and aerosols and their impacts on radiation, weather and climate. CLARIFY is a major consortium programme consisting of 5 principal UK universities with project partners from the UK Met Office, European universities and research institutes.