ACE Aerosol Characterization Experiment: 1, southern hemisphere; 2, North Atlantic Regional; Asia, Asian Pacific Regional

ACES Artificial Cloud Experimental System

ACTOS Airborne Cloud Turbulence Observation System

AeroCom Aerosol Comparisons between observations and models

AERONET AErosol RObotic NETwork

AGCM Atmospheric General Circulation Model

AI Aerosol Index

AIDA Aerosol Interactions and Dynamics in the Atmosphere

AIM Aerosol Inorganics Model

Air NEPM National Environmental Protection Measure for ambient Air quality

AIRS Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder

AMMA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis

AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS

AMSU-A Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A

AnP Angstrom Parameter

AOD Aerosol Optical Depth

AOT Aerosol Optical Thickness

ARM Atmospheric Radiation Measurement

ASTEX Atlantic Stratocumulus Transition Experiment

ATEX ATmosphere EXplosive

AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer

BAMEX Bow Echo And MCV Experiment

BASC Board of the National Research Council

BOMEX Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological EXperiment

BRE Bridger Range Experiment

BSOA Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosols

BSRN Baseline Surface Radiation Network

CALIOP Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization

CALIPSO Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation

CAM Community Atmosphere Model

CAPE Convectively Available Potential Energy

CAPS Cloud Aerosol and Precipitation Spectrometer

CAS Cloud and Aerosol Spectrometer

CCD Charge Coupled Device

CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei

CCNC Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter

CCOPE Cooperative COnvective Precipitation Experiment

CDNC Cloud Droplet Number Concentration

CDR Cloud Droplet Radius

CERES Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System

CF Cloud Fraction

CFDC Continuous Flow Diffusion Chamber

CFDE Centre de Formation et de Documentation sur l'Environnement industriel

CIN Center Ice Nuclei

CLARREO CLimate Absolute Radiance and REfractivity Observatory

CNES Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

CMOS Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

COT Cloud Optical Thickness

CPR Cloud-Profiling Radar

CPU Central Processing Unit

CRF Cloud Radiative Forcing

CRM Cloud-Resolving Model

CSRM Cloud-System Resolving Model

CTM Chemical Transport Model

CVI Counterflow Virtual Impactor

DEE Double End Element

DJF December, January, February

DLR-IPA Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt-Institut für

Physik der Atmosphäre

DMA Differential Mobility Analyzer

DNS Direct Numerical Simulations

DRE Direct Radiative Effect

DSCOVR Deep Space Climate Observatory

DUSEL Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory

DYCOMS-II Dynamics and Chemistry of Marine Stratocumulus, Phase II

EARLINET European Aerosol Research LIdar NETwork

EarthCARE Earth Clouds, Aerosols, and Radiation Explorer

ECHAM ECMWF model, Hamburg Version

ECMWF European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts

EDB ElectroDynamic Balance

EECRA Extended Edited Cloud Report Archive

EIS Estimated Inversion Stability

EMEP European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme

ENSO El Nino Southern Oscillation

EOS Earth Observing System

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

EPIC East Pacific Investigation of Climate

ERB Earth's Radiation Budget


Earth Radiation Budget Experiment


Earth Radiation Budget Satellite


European Space Agency


EUropean integrated project on aerosol cloud climate air

quality interactions


EULerian LAGrangian


EXtended Area


Florida Area Cumulus Experiment


Feedback ANalysis for GCM Intercomparison and



Fluctuation Dissipation


Fast Ice Nucleus CHamber


First International Radiation Experiment


Freezing Relative Humidity


Forward Scattering Spectrometer Probe


Global Aerosol Data Set


Global Atmospheric Research Program


GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment


Global Atmospheric Watch


Global Cloud-Resolving Model


GEWEX Cloud System Study


Global Energy Budget Archive


Geostationary ERB


Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment


Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Atmospheric

Model version 2


Goddard Space Flight Center


GreenHouse Gas


Goddard Institute for Space Studies


GLobal Imager


Global Ozone Chemistry Aerosol Radiation Transport


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite


Global Positioning System


High Altitude and Long-range Aircraft


High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for

Environmental Research


HIgh PLains EXperiment


High-resolution Infrared Radiometer Sounder


High Spectral Resolution Lidar


Humidity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer


International Aerosol Precipitation Science Assessment



Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation SATellite


International Global Atmospheric Chemistry

IMPROVE Interagency Monitoring of PROtected Visual Environments

IN Ice Nuclei

IOCI Indian Ocean Climate Initiative

IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project

ISCCP FD International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project Flux Dataset

ITCZ Intertropical Convergence Zone

IUGG International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

IWC Ice Water Content

JAXA Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

JJA June, July, August

KWAJEX KWAJalein Experiment

LACIS Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator

LCL Lifting Condensation Level

LES Large Eddy Simulations

LIS Lightning Imaging Sensor

LITE Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment

LMD Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique du CNRS

LMDZ-INCA Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique Zoom-INteraction of Chemistry and Aerosol

LSCE Laboratoire des Science du Climat et de l'Environnement

LTS Lower Tropospheric Stability

LW LongWave

LWC Liquid Water Content

LWP Liquid Water Path

MAGE Marine Aerosol and Gas Experiment

MAM March, April, May

MAST Monterey Area Ship Tracks experiment

MBL Marine Boundary Layer

MCV Mesoscale Convective Vortex METROMEX METROpolitan Meteorological EXperiment

MIROC Model for Interdisciplinary Research On Climate

MISR Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer

MJO Madden-Julian Oscillation

MLS Microwave Limb Sounder

MMF Multiscale Modeling Framework

MODIS MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

MPI-HAM Max-Planck-Institute, Hamburg

MPL-Net MicroPulse Lidar Network

MRI Meteorological Research Institute

MSA MethaneSulfonic Acid

MSG Meteosat Second Generation

MTF Modulation Transfer Function

MVD Median Volume Diameter

NAS National Academy of Sciences

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research

NCEP National Centers for Environmental Protection

NCRF Net Cloud Radiative Forcing

NEPM National Environmental Protection Measure

NHRE National Hail Research Experiment

NICAM Non-hydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model

NIES National Institute for Environmental Studies

NIR Near-Infrared Radiation

NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology

NISTARs NIST Advanced Radiometers

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NPOESS NPP National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite

System Preparatory Project

NRC National Research Council

NWP Numerical Weather Prediction

NSW New South Wales

OAP Optical Array Probe

OLR Outgoing Longwave Radiation

OPAC Optical Properties of Aerosols and Clouds ORBIMAGE ORBital IMAGing Corporation

PATMOS Pathfinder Atmosphere

PBL Planetary Boundary Layer

PDF Probability Density Function

PFR Precision Filter Rad

PFs Precipitation Features

PID Proportional-Integral-Derivative

PIV Particle Imaging Velocimetry

PMS Particle Measuring System

POA Primary Organic Aerosol

POLDER POLarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances

PR Precipitation Radar

PRE-STORM Preliminary Regional Experiment for STormscale

Operational and Research Meteorology

RF Radiative Forcing

RH Relative Humidity

RICO Rain In Cumulus over Ocean

RPF Rainfield Per Flash

SACZ South Atlantic Convergence Zone

SAFARI Southern African Regional Science Initiative

ScaRaB Scanner for Radiation Budget

SCAR-B Smoke, Clouds and Radiation-Brazil

SCRF Surface Cloud Radiative Forcing

SeaWiFS Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor

SEVIRI Spinning Enhanced Visible and InfraRed Imager

SLH Spectral Latent Heating

SOCEX Southern Ocean Cloud Experiment

SON September, October, November

SPARC Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate

SPEC HVPS Straton Park Engineering Corporation High Volume

Precipitation Spectrometer

SPCZ South Pacific Convergence Zone

SPRINTARS Spectral Radiation-Transport Model for Aerosol Species

SRES Special Report on Emissions Scenarios

SST Sea Surface Temperature

STP Standard Temperature and Pressure

SW ShortWave

TAPM The Air Pollution Model

TAR Third Assessment Report (IPCC)

TARFOX Tropospheric Aerosol Radiative Forcing Observation Experiment

TIROS Television Infrared Observation Satellites

TOA Top-Of-Atmosphere

TOGA-COARE Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere Coupled Ocean

Atmosphere Response Experiment

TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer

TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission

TWC Total Water Content

UAV Unmanned Airborne Vehicle

UCLA University of California, Los Angeles

UIO-CTM Chemistry Transport Model, Univ. of Oslo

UMI IMPACT at University of Michigan

UV UltraViolet

VOCALS Vamos Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study

WFOV Wide-Field-Of-View

WHO World Health Organization

WMO World Meteorological Organization

ZINC Zürich Ice Nucleation Chamber

ZSR Zdanovski-Stokes-Robinson

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