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Title: Paragon : a systematic, integrated approach to aerosol observation and modeling
Authors: Diner, David J.
Kahn, Ralph A.
Braverman, Amy J.
Davies, Roger
Martonchik, John V.
Menzies, Robert T.
Ackerman, Thomas P.
Seinfeld, John H.
Anderson, Theodore L.
Charlson, Robert J.
Bösenberg, Jens
Collins, William D.
Rasch, Philip J.
Holben, Brent N.
Hostetler, Chris A.
Wielicki, Bruce A.
Miller, Mark A.
Schwartz, Stephen E.
Ogren, John A.
Penner, Joyce E.
Stephens, Graeme L.
Torres, Omar
Travis, Larry D.
Yu, Bin
Keywords: Aerosols
Progressive Aerosol Retrieval and Assimilation Global Observing Network (PARAGON)
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004.
Citation: AIAA Space Meeting, San Diego, California, September 28, 2004.
Abstract: Aerosols are generated and transformed by myriad processes operating across many spatial and temporal scales. Evaluation of climate models and their sensitivity to changes, such as in greenhouse gas abundances, requires quantifying natural and anthropogenic aerosol forcings and accounting for other critical factors, such as cloud feedbacks. High accuracy is required to provide sufficient sensitivity to perturbations, separate anthropogenic from natural influences, and develop confidence in inputs used to support policy decisions. Although many relevant data sources exist, the aerosol research community does not currently have the means to combine these diverse inputs into an integrated data set for maximum scientific benefit. Bridging observational gaps, adapting to evolving measurements, and establishing rigorous protocols for evaluating models are necessary, while simultaneously maintaining consistent, well understood accuracies. The Progressive Aerosol Retrieval and Assimilation Global Observing Network (PARAGON) concept represents a systematic, integrated approach to global aerosol Characterization, bringing together modern measurement and modeling techniques, geospatial statistics methodologies, and high-performance information technologies to provide the machinery necessary for achieving a comprehensive understanding of how aerosol physical, chemical, and radiative processes impact the Earth system. We outline a framework for integrating and interpreting observations and models and establishing an accurate, consistent and cohesive long-term data record.
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