The impact of aerosols on the atmosphere is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant and uncertain aspects of climate change projections. At the request of the Intelligence Community, the National Academies held a classified workshop in September 2015 that brought together scientists from the civil and intelligence communities to determine the usefulness of classified observing systems to advance understanding of cloud and aerosol interactions. Workshop discussions highlighted several technical, scientific and policy challenges, the most significant of which is the difficulty in accessing the data due to their classification. Another major limitation is calibration accuracy, which is critical for data usability for environmental applications. Many workshop participants said that the best path forward is to bring together small groups of civilian scientists with the appropriate clearances with scientists from the IC to conduct pilot projects.
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Opportunities to Improve Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models with Classified Observing Systems: Proceedings of a Workshop: Abbreviated Version (2016)
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