Dr. Peter R Colarco

Dr. Peter R Colarco

  • RSCH AST, ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY & DYN
  • 301.614.6382
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 614
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Peter Colarco is a research physical scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He leads research on the distributions and properties of atmospheric aerosols, and their impacts on Earth’s weather and climate system. His main research tools are global atmospheric circulation models and remote sensing observations. Dr. Colarco implemented and coupled the aerosol module currently used for near-real time forecasting and climate simulation in the NASA GEOS-5 Earth system model. He participates in numerous studies to validate Earth system model representations of aerosols, including developing detailed simulators of remote sensing observations, most recently for the CALIOP and OMI space-based sensors. He is also developing new representations for stratospheric aerosols in GEOS-5. Dr. Colarco has been a PI of a number of NASA funded research efforts and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. He has supported a number of NASA airborne field campaigns as a forecaster and flight planner. Dr. Colarco is additionally a co-chair of the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP), a grassroots effort to coordinate the activities of global aerosol forecasting centers, model developers, and data providers.

    Positions/Employment

    3/2005 - Present

    Physical Scientist

    NASA, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD  
    9/2003 - 3/2005

    Research Associate

    Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD  
    9/2002 - 9/2003

    Goddard Visiting Fellow

    Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD  

    Education

    PhD, Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences - University of Colorado, Boulder
    MS, Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences - University of Colorado, Boulder
    MS, Physics - Creighton University
    BS, Physics and Astronomy - University of Iowa

    Current Projects

    Global Modeling and Assimilation Office with Chemistry Climate Model and Global Modeling Initiative: Core Activities

    I am the lead for the Chemistry Climate Modeling effort. We are a collaboration of scientists in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory and the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office. We use global atmospheric chemistry and aerosol models to understand NASA remote sensing observations and the interactions of atmospheric chemistry within the Earth system. More about this project can be found here.

    Grants

    01/15/2018 NNH17ZDA001N-TASNPP, NASA

    17-TASNPP17-0059: Algorithm Development and Validation Towards an Improved Aerosol Extinction Profile Dataset from the Suomi NPP OMPS Limb Profiler

    Co-Investigator performing global aerosol model simulations of stratospheric aerosols distributions for assisting in aerosol algorithm development for the Suomi NPP OMPS/LP instrument.

    01/09/2017 NNH16ZDA001N-ACMAP, NASA

    16-ACMAP16-0051: Assessment of the spatial and temporal variability of mineral dust aerosols in the Middle East and North Africa using observations and modeling

    Co-Investigator involved in helping perform and evaluate simulations of dust aerosol transport in the global GEOS-5 Earth system model

    03/17/2017 NNH16ZDA001N-MAP, NASA

    16-MAP16-0060: Coupled Predictive Fire Emissions and Interactive Aerosol and Greenhouse Gas Chemistry (“Quick Chemistry”) in the GEOS-5 Earth System Model

    Co-Investigator involved in helping perform simulations of biomass burning aerosol emissions and transport in the NASA GEOS-5 global Earth system model.

    01/09/2017 NNH16ZDA001N-ACMAP, NASA

    16-ACMAP16-0086: Evaluating model reanalyses of Arctic aerosol surface and atmospheric forcing by assimilating OMI over ice

    Co-Investigator involved in simulating satellite observations of aerosols, focused on the Ozone Monitoring Instrument on the NASA Aura spacecraft.

    10/31/2016 NNH16ZDA001N-IIP, NASA

    16-IIP16-0020: Advanced Development of a Multi-Angle Stratospheric Aerosol Radiometer (MASTAR)

    Co-Investigator helping define science requirements for this project to design a simple, compact limb scattering instrument for detection of stratospheric aerosols.

    Awards

    NASA Group Achievement Award (HS3), 2015
    NASA Group Achievement Award (GLOPAC), 2011
    NASA Ames Research Center Group Achievement Award (ARCTAS), 2009
    NASA Ames Research Center Group Achievement Award (TC4), 2008
    NASA GSFC Performance Award, 2007, 2009, 2010
    NASA GSFC Laboratory for Atmospheres Peer Scientific Research Award, 2006
    ACCESS and Gordon Research Conference, Atmospheric Chemistry, poster presenter, 2003
    NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 1998 – 2001
    Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, 1998
    American Physical Society Industrial Summer Internship, Alimenterics, Inc., Summer 1996

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Bian, H., K. Froyd, D. M. Murphy, et al. J. Dibb, M. Chin, P. R. Colarco, A. Darmenov, A. da Silva, T. L. Kucsera, G. Schill, H. Yu, P. Bui, M. Dollner, B. Weinzierl, and A. Smirnov. 2019. "Observationally constrained analysis of sea salt aerosol in the marine atmosphere." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19: 10773-10785 [10.5194/acp-2019-18]

    Pérez-Ramírez, D., D. N. Whiteman, I. Veselovskii, et al. P. Colarco, M. Korenski, and A. da Silva. 2019. "Retrievals of aerosol single scattering albedo by multiwavelength lidar measurements: Evaluations with NASA Langley HSRL-2 during discover-AQ field campaigns." Remote Sensing of Environment, 222: 144-164 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.12.022]

    Xian, P., J. S. Reid, E. J. Hyer, et al. C. R. Sampson, J. I. Rubin, M. Ades, N. Asencio, S. Basart, A. Benedetti, P. Bhattacharjee, M. E. Brooks, P. R. Colarco, A. Da Silva, T. F. Eck, J. Guth, O. Jorba, R. Kouznetsov, Z. Kipling, M. Sofiev, C. P. Carcia‐Pando, Y. Pradhan, T. Tanaka, J. Wang, D. L. Westphal, K. Yumimoto, and J. Zhang. 2019. "Current State of the global operational aerosol multi‐model ensemble: an update from the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP)." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, qj.3497 [10.1002/qj.3497]

    Chen, Z., P. K. Bhartia, R. Loughman, P. Colarco, and M. DeLand. 2018. "Improvement of stratospheric aerosol extinction retrieval from OMPS/LP using a new aerosol model." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11 (12): 6495-6509 [10.5194/amt-11-6495-2018]

    Song, Q., Z. Zhang, H. Yu, et al. S. Kato, P. Yang, P. Colarco, L. A. Remer, and C. L. Ryder. 2018. "Net radiative effects of dust in the tropical North Atlantic based on integrated satellite observations and in situ measurements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (15): 11303-11322 [10.5194/acp-18-11303-2018]

    Benedetti, A., J. S. Reid, P. Knippertz, et al. J. H. Marsham, F. Di Giuseppe, S. Rémy, S. Basart, O. Boucher, I. M. Brooks, L. Menut, L. Mona, P. Laj, G. Pappalardo, A. Wiedensohler, A. Baklanov, M. Brooks, P. R. Colarco, E. Cuevas, A. da Silva, J. Escribano, J. Flemming, N. Huneeus, O. Jorba, S. Kazadzis, S. Kinne, T. Popp, P. K. Quinn, T. T. Sekiyama, T. Tanaka, and E. Terradellas. 2018. "Status and future of numerical atmospheric aerosol prediction with a focus on data requirements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (14): 10615-10643 [10.5194/acp-18-10615-2018]

    Levy, R. C., S. Mattoo, V. Sawyer, et al. Y. Shi, P. R. Colarco, A. I. Lyapustin, Y. Wang, and L. A. Remer. 2018. "Exploring systematic offsets between aerosol products from the two MODIS sensors." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11: 4073-4092 [https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4073-2018]

    Nowottnick, E. P., P. R. Colarco, S. A. Braun, et al. D. O. Barahona, A. da Silva, D. L. Hlavka, M. J. McGill, and J. R. Spackman. 2018. "Dust Impacts on the 2012 Hurricane Nadine Track during the NASA HS3 Field Campaign." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, JAS-D-17-0237.1 [10.1175/jas-d-17-0237.1]

    Veselovskii, I., P. Goloub, T. Podvin, et al. D. Tanre, A. da Silva, P. Colarco, P. Castellanos, M. Korenskiy, Q. Hu, D. N. Whiteman, D. Pérez-Ramírez, P. Augustin, M. Fourmentin, and A. Kolgotin. 2018. "Characterization of smoke and dust episode over West Africa: comparison of MERRA-2 modeling with multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar observations." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11 (2): 949-969 [10.5194/amt-11-949-2018]

    Rocha-Lima, A., J. V. Martins, L. A. Remer, et al. M. Todd, J. H. Marsham, S. Engelstaedter, C. L. Ryder, C. Cavazos-Guerra, P. Artaxo, P. Colarco, and R. Washington. 2018. "A detailed characterization of the Saharan dust collected during the Fennec campaign in 2011: in situ ground-based and laboratory measurements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (2): 1023-1043 [10.5194/acp-18-1023-2018]

    Whiteman, D. N., D. Pérez-Ramírez, I. Veselovskii, P. Colarco, and V. Buchard. 2018. "Retrievals of aerosol microphysics from simulations of spaceborne multiwavelength lidar measurements." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 205: 27-39 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.09.009]

    Colarco, P. R., S. Gassó, C. Ahn, et al. V. Buchard, A. M. da Silva, and O. Torres. 2017. "Simulation of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument aerosol index using the NASA Goddard Earth Observing System aerosol reanalysis products." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10 (11): 4121-4134 [10.5194/amt-10-4121-2017]

    Randles, C. A., A. M. da Silva, V. Buchard, et al. P. R. Colarco, A. Darmenov, R. Govindaraju, A. Smirnov, B. Holben, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, Y. Shinozuka, and C. J. Flynn. 2017. "The MERRA-2 Aerosol Reanalysis, 1980 – onward, Part I: System Description and Data Assimilation Evaluation." Journal of Climate, 30 (17): 6823-6850 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0609.1]

    Buchard, V., C. A. Randles, A. M. da Silva, et al. A. Darmenov, P. R. Colarco, R. Govindaraju, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, A. J. Beyersdorf, L. D. Ziemba, and H. Yu. 2017. "The MERRA-2 Aerosol Reanalysis, 1980 -- onward, Part II: Evaluation and Case Studies." Journal of Climate, JCLI-D-16-0613.1 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0613.1]

    Rollins, A. W., T. D. Thornberry, L. A. Watts, et al. P. Yu, K. H. Rosenlof, M. Mills, E. Baumann, F. R. Giorgetta, T. V. Bui, M. Höpfner, K. A. Walker, C. Boone, P. F. Bernath, P. R. Colarco, P. A. Newman, D. W. Fahey, and R. S. Gao. 2017. "The Role of Sulfur Dioxide in Stratospheric Aerosol Formation Evaluated Using In-Situ Measurements in the Tropical Lower Stratosphere." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2017gl072754]

    Lu, C.-H., A. da Silva, J. Wang, et al. S. Moorthi, M. Chin, P. Colarco, Y. Tang, P. S. Bhattacharjee, S.-P. Chen, H.-Y. Chuang, H.-M. H. Juang, J. McQueen, and M. Iredell. 2016. "The implementation of NEMS GFS Aerosol Component (NGAC) Version 1.0 for global dust forecasting at NOAA/NCEP." Geosci. Model Dev., 9 (5): 1905-1919 [10.5194/gmd-9-1905-2016]

    Aquila, V., W. H. Swartz, D. W. Waugh, et al. P. R. Colarco, S. Pawson, L. M. Polvani, and R. S. Stolarski. 2016. "Isolating the roles of different forcing agents in global stratospheric temperature changes using model integrations with incrementally added single forcings." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., [10.1002/2015jd023841]

    Zhang, Z., K. Meyer, H. Yu, et al. S. Platnick, P. Colarco, Z. Liu, and L. Oreopoulos. 2016. "Shortwave direct radiative effects of above-cloud aerosols over global oceans derived from 8 years of CALIOP and MODIS observations." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16 (5): 2877-2900 [10.5194/acp-16-2877-2016]

    Buchard, V., A. da Silva, C. Randles, et al. P. Colarco, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, C. Hostetler, J. Tackett, and D. Winker. 2016. "Evaluation of the surface PM2.5 in Version 1 of the NASA MERRA Aerosol Reanalysis over the United States." Atmospheric Environment, 125 (Part A): 100-111 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.11.004]

    Yasunari, T. J., P. R. Colarco, W. K. Lau, et al. K. Osada, M. Kido, S. P. Mahanama, K.-M. Kim, and A. M. Da Silva. 2016. "Total dust deposition flux during precipitation in Toyama, Japan, in the spring of 2009: A sensitivity analysis with the NASA GEOS-5 Model." Atmospheric Research, 167: 298–313 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.08.005]

    Nowottnick, E. P., P. R. Colarco, E. J. Welton, and A. M. Da Silva. 2015. "Use of the CALIOP vertical feature mask for evaluating global aerosol models." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8: 3647-3669 [10.5194/amt-8-3647-2015]

    Pan, X., M. Chin, R. Gautam, et al. H. Bian, D. Kim, P. R. Colarco, T. L. Diehl, T. Takemura, L. Pozzoli, K. Tsigaridis, S. E. Bauer, and N. Bellouin. 2015. "A multi-model evaluation of aerosols over South Asia: common problems and possible causes." Atmos. Chem. Phys. , 15: 5903-5928 [10.5194/acp-15-5903-2015]

    Buchard, V. J., A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, et al. A. S. Darmenov, C. A. Randles, R. C. Govindaraju, O. Torres, J. Campbell, and R. Spurr. 2015. "Using the OMI aerosol index and absorption aerosol optical depth to evaluate the NASA MERRA Aerosol Reanalysis ." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15: 5743-5760 [10.5194/acp-15-5743-2015]

    Sessions, W., J. S. Reid, A. Benedetti, et al. P. Colarco, A. da Silva, S. Lu, T. Sekiyama, T. Y. Tanaka, J. M. Baldasano, S. Basart, M. Brooks, T. F. Eck, M. Iredell, J. A. Hansen, O. Jorba, H.-M. Juang, P. Lynch, J.-J. Morcrette, S. Moorthi, J. Mulcahy, Y. Pradhan, M. Razinger, C. B. Sampson, J. Wang, and D. L. Westphal. 2015. "Development towards a global operational aerosol consensus: Basic climatological characteristics of the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction Multi-Model Ensemble (ICAP-MME)." Atmos. Chem. Phys, 15: 335-362 [10.5194/acp-15-335-2015]

    Colarco, P. R., R. A. Kahn, L. A. Remer, and R. C. Levy. 2014. "Impact of satellite viewing-swath width on global and regional aerosol optical thickness statistics and trends." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 7 (7): 2313-2335 [10.5194/amt-7-2313-2014]

    Buchard, V. J., A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, et al. N. A. Krotkov, R. R. Dickerson, J. W. Stehr, G. Mount, E. Spinei, H. L. Arkinson, and H. He. 2014. "Evaluation of GEOS-5 sulfur dioxide simulations during the Frostburg, MD 2010 field campaign." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14 (4): 1929-1941 [10.5194/acp-14-1929-2014]

    Yasunari, T., W. K. Lau, P. R. Colarco, et al. A. M. Da Silva, T. Aoki, K. Aoki, N. Murao, S. Yamagata, Y. Kodama, and S. P. Mahanama. 2014. "The GOddard SnoW Impurity Module (GOSWIM) for the NASA GEOS-5 Earth System Model: Preliminary Comparisons with Observations in Sapporo, Japan." SOLA, 10 (0): 50-56 [10.2151/sola.2014-011]

    Matsui, T., C. M. Ichoku, C. A. Randles, et al. T. L. Yuan, A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, D. Kim, R. C. Levy, A. M. Sayer, M. Chin, D. Giles, B. N. Holben, E. J. Welton, T. F. Eck, and L. A. Remer. 2014. "Current and Future Perspectives of Aerosol Research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, early view [10.1175/ BAMS-D-13-00153.1]

    Colarco, P. R., E. P. Nowottnick, C. A. Randles, et al. B. Yi, P. Yang, K.-M. Kim, J. Smith, and C. Bardeen. 2014. "Impact of radiatively interactive dust aerosols in the NASA GEOS-5 climate model: Sensitivity to dust particle shape and refractive index." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119 (2): 753-786 [10.1002/2013JD020046]

    Bian, H., P. R. Colarco, M. Chin, et al. G. Chen, J. M. Rodriguez, Q. Liang, D. Blake, D.-C. A. Chu, A. M. Da Silva, A. S. Darmenov, G. Diskin, H. E. Fuelberg, G. Huey, Y. Kondo, J. E. Nielsen, X. Pan, and A. Wisthaler. 2013. "Source attributions of pollution to the Western Arctic during the NASA ARCTAS field campaign." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13 (9): 4707-4721 [10.5194/acp-13-4707-2013]

    Kessner, A. L., J. Wang, R. C. Levy, and P. R. Colarco. 2013. "Remote sensing of surface visibility from space: A look at the United States East Coast." Atmospheric Environment, 81: 136–147 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.08.050]

    Randles, C. A., P. R. Colarco, and A. M. Da Silva. 2013. "Direct and semi-direct aerosol effects in the NASA GEOS-5 AGCM: aerosol-climate interactions due to prognostic versus prescribed aerosols." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118 (1): 149–169 [10.1029/2012JD018388]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. Newman. 2012. "Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption." J. Geophys. Res., 117 (D6): D06216 [10.1029/2011JD016968]

    Benedetti, A., J. S. Reid, and P. R. Colarco. 2011. "International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction Workshop on Aerosol Forecast Verification." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92 (11): ES48-ES53 [10.1175/bams-d-11-00105.1]

    Reid, J. S., A. Benedetti, P. R. Colarco, and J. A. Hansen. 2011. "International Operational Aerosol Observability Workshop." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92 (6): ES21-ES24 [10.1175/2010bams3183.1]

    Su, H., J. H. Jiang, X. Liu, et al. J. E. Penner, W. G. Read, S. Massie, M. R. Schoeberl, P. R. Colarco, N. J. Livesey, and M. L. Santee. 2011. "Observed Increase of TTL Temperature and Water Vapor in Polluted Clouds over Asia." J. Climate, 24 (11): 2728-2736 [10.1175/2010jcli3749.1]

    Jiang, J. H., H. Su, C. Zhai, et al. S. T. Massie, M. R. Schoeberl, S. E. Platnick, P. R. Colarco, Y. Gu, and K.-N. Liou. 2011. "Influence of convection and aerosol pollution on ice cloud particle effective radius." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11 (2): 457-463 [10.5194/acp-11-457-2011]

    Liang, Q., J. M. Rodriguez, A. R. Douglass, et al. J. Crawford, E. Apel, H. Bian, D. Blake, W. Brune, M. Chin, P. R. Colarco, A. Silva, G. Diskin, B. N. Duncan, L. Huey, D. Knapp, D. Montzka, J. Nielsen, J. Olson, S. Pawson, D. Riemer, A. Weinheimer, and A. Wisthaler. 2011. "Reactive nitrogen, ozone and ozone production in the Arctic troposphere and the impact of stratosphere-troposphere exchange." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11 (24): 13181-13199 [10.5194/acp-11-13181-2011]

    Nowottnick, E., P. R. Colarco, A. M. Da Silva, D. L. Hlavka, and M. J. Mcgill. 2011. "The fate of Saharan dust across the Atlantic and implications for a Central American dust barrier." Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11 (16): 8415-8431 [10.5194/acp-11-8415-2011]

    Winker, D. M., J. Pelon, J. A. Coakley, et al. S. A. Ackerman, R. J. Charlson, P. R. Colarco, P. Flamant, Q. Fu, R. M. Hoff, C. Kittaka, T. L. Kubar, H. Le Treut, M. P. McCormick, G. Mégie, L. Poole, K. Powell, C. Trepte, M. A. Vaughan, and B. A. Wielicki. 2010. "The CALIPSO Mission: A Global 3D View of Aerosols and Clouds." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91 (9): 1211-1229 [10.1175/2010bams3009.1]

    Toon, O., D. O. Starr, E. Jensen, et al. P. Newman, S. E. Platnick, M. R. Schoeberl, P. Wennberg, S. Wolsy, M. J. Kurylo, H. Maring, K. Jucks, M. Craig, M. Vasques, L. Pfister, K. Rosenlof, H. B. Selkirk, P. R. Colarco, S. R. Kawa, G. Mace, P. Minnis, and K. E. Pickering. 2010. "Planning, implementation, and first results of the Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TC4)." J. Geophys. Res., 115: D00J04 [10.1029/2009JD013073]

    Ott, L., B. N. Duncan, S. Pawson, et al. P. Colarco, M. Chin, C. A. Randles, T. Diehl, and E. Nielsen. 2010. "Influence of the 2006 Indonesian biomass burning aerosols on tropical dynamics studied with the GEOS-5 AGCM." J Geophys Res, 115 (D14): D14121 [10.1029/2009JD013181]

    Colarco, P., A. daSilva, M. Chin, and T. Diehl. 2010. "Online simulations of global aerosol distributions in the NASA GEOS-4 model and comparisons to satellite and ground-based aerosol optical depth." J Geophys Res, 115 (D14): D14207 [10.1029/2009JD012820]

    Nowottnick, E., P. R. Colarco, R. Ferrare, et al. G. Chen, S. Ismail, B. Anderson, and E. Browell. 2010. "Online simulations of mineral dust aerosol distributions: Comparisons to NAMMA observations and sensitivity to dust emission parameterization." J Geophys Res, 115 (D3): D03202 [10.1029/2009JD012692]

    Jiang, J., H. Su, S. Massie, et al. P. Colarco, M. Schoeberl, and S. Platnick. 2009. "Aerosol-CO relationship and aerosol effect on ice cloud particle size: Analyses from Aura Microwave Limb Sounder and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer observations." J. Geophys. Res., 114 (D20): D20707 [10.1029/2009JD012421]

    Jiang, J. H., H. Su, M. R. Schoeberl, et al. S. T. Massie, P. Colarco, S. Platnick, and N. J. Livesey. 2008. "Clean and polluted clouds: Relationships among pollution, ice clouds, and precipitation in South America." Geophysical Research Letters, 35 (14): L14804 [10.1029/2008gl034631]

    Matichuk, R. I., P. R. Colarco, J. A. Smith, and O. B. Toon. 2008. "Modeling the transport and optical properties of smoke plumes from South American biomass burning." Journal of Geophysical Research, 113 (D7): D07208 [10.1029/2007jd009005]

    Wong, S., A. E. Dessler, N. M. Mahowald, P. R. Colarco, and A. da Silva. 2008. "Long-term variability in Saharan dust transport and its link to North Atlantic sea surface temperature." Geophysical Research Letters, 35 (7): [10.1029/2007gl032297]

    Matichuk, R. I., P. R. Colarco, J. A. Smith, and O. B. Toon. 2007. "Modeling the transport and optical properties of smoke aerosols from African savanna fires during the Southern African Regional Science Initiative campaign (SAFARI 2000)." Journal of Geophysical Research, 112 (D8): D08203 [10.1029/2006jd007528]

    Morris, G., S. Hersey, A. M. Thompson, et al. O. R. Cooper, S. Pawson, E. Nielsen, P. R. Colarco, W. W. McMillan, A. Stohl, S. Turquety, J. Warner, B. J. Johnson, T. L. Kuscera, D. E. Larko, S. J. Oltmans, and J. C. Witte. 2006. "Alaskan and Canadian forest fires exacerbate ozone pollution over Houston, Texas, on 19 and 20 July 2004." J. Geophys. Res., 111 (D24): D24S03 [10.1029/2006JD007090]

    Wong, S., P. R. Colarco, and A. E. Dessler. 2006. "Principal component analysis of the evolution of the Saharan air layer and dust transport: Comparisons between a model simulation and MODIS and AIRS retrievals." J. Geophys. Res., 111 (D20): D20109 [10.1029/2006JD007093]

    de Almeida Castanho, A. D., P. Artazo, J. Martins, et al. P. Hobbs, L. Remer, M. Yamasoe, and P. R. Colarco. 2005. "Chemical characterization of aerosols on the East Coast of the United States using aircraft and ground-based stations during the CLAMS Experiment." J Atmos Sci, 62 (4): 934-946 [10.1175/JAS3388.1]

    Barnum, B., N. Winstead, J. Wesely, et al. A. Hakola, P. Colarco, O. Toon, P. Ginoux, G. Brooks, L. Hasselbarth, and B. Toth. 2004. "Forecasting dust storms using the CARMA-dust model and MM5 weather data." Environmental Modelling & Software, 19 (2): 129-140 [10.1016/s1364-8152(03)00115-4]

    Colarco, P. R., M. R. Schoeberl, B. G. Doddridge, et al. L. T. Marufu, O. Torres, and E. J. Welton. 2004. "Transport of smoke from Canadian forest fires to the surface near Washington, D.C.: Injection height, entrainment, and optical properties." J. Geophys. Res., 109 (D6): D06203 [10.1029/2003JD004248]

    Colarco, P. R., O. B. Toon, and B. N. Holben. 2003. "Saharan dust transport to the Caribbean during PRIDE: 1. Influence of dust sources and removal mechanisms on the timing and magnitude of downwind aerosol optical depth events from simulations of in situ and remote sensing observations." Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (D19): 8589 [10.1029/2002jd002658]

    Reid, J., J. Kinney, D. Westphal, et al. B. Holben, E. J. Welton, S.-C. Tsay, D. Eleuterio, J. Campbell, S. Christopher, P. R. Colarco, H. Jonsson, J. Livingston, H. Maring, M. Meier, P. Pilewskie, J. Prospero, E. Reid, L. Remer, P. Russell, D. Savoie, A. Smirnov, and D. Tanre. 2003. "Analysis of measurements of Saharan dust by airborne and ground-based remote sensing methods during the Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRIDE)." J. Geophys. Res., 108 (D19): 8586 [10.1029/2002JD002493]

    Colarco, P. R., O. Toon, J. Reid, et al. J. Livingston, P. Russell, J. Redemann, B. Schmid, H. Maring, D. Savoie, E. J. Welton, J. Campbell, B. N. Holben, and R. C. Levy. 2003. "Saharan dust transport to the Caribbean during PRIDE: 2. Transport, vertical profiles, and deposition in simulations of in situ and remote sensing observations." J. Geophys. Res., 108 (D19): 8590 [10.1029/2002JD002659]

    Grini, A., C. S. Zender, and P. R. Colarco. 2002. "Saltation Sandblasting behavior during mineral dust aerosol production." Geophysical Research Letters, 29 (18): 15-1-15-4 [10.1029/2002gl015248]

    Colarco, P. R., O. B. Toon, O. Torres, and P. J. Rasch. 2002. "Determining the UV imaginary index of refraction of Saharan dust particles from TOMS data using a three dimensional model of dust transport." J.Geophys. Res, 107: 10.129/2001JD000903.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Peter Colarco is a research physical scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He leads research on the distributions and properties of atmospheric aerosols, and their impacts on Earth’s weather and climate system. His main research tools are global atmospheric circulation models and remote sensing observations. Dr. Colarco implemented and coupled the aerosol module currently used for near-real time forecasting and climate simulation in the NASA GEOS-5 Earth system model. He participates in numerous studies to validate Earth system model representations of aerosols, including developing detailed simulators of remote sensing observations, most recently for the CALIOP and OMI space-based sensors. He is also developing new representations for stratospheric aerosols in GEOS-5. Dr. Colarco has been a PI of a number of NASA funded research efforts and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. He has supported a number of NASA airborne field campaigns as a forecaster and flight planner. Dr. Colarco is additionally a co-chair of the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP), a grassroots effort to coordinate the activities of global aerosol forecasting centers, model developers, and data providers.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Bian, H., K. Froyd, D. M. Murphy, et al. J. Dibb, M. Chin, P. R. Colarco, A. Darmenov, A. da Silva, T. L. Kucsera, G. Schill, H. Yu, P. Bui, M. Dollner, B. Weinzierl, and A. Smirnov. 2019. "Observationally constrained analysis of sea salt aerosol in the marine atmosphere." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19 10773-10785 [10.5194/acp-2019-18]

    Pérez-Ramírez, D., D. N. Whiteman, I. Veselovskii, et al. P. Colarco, M. Korenski, and A. da Silva. 2019. "Retrievals of aerosol single scattering albedo by multiwavelength lidar measurements: Evaluations with NASA Langley HSRL-2 during discover-AQ field campaigns." Remote Sensing of Environment 222 144-164 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.12.022]

    Xian, P., J. S. Reid, E. J. Hyer, et al. C. R. Sampson, J. I. Rubin, M. Ades, N. Asencio, S. Basart, A. Benedetti, P. Bhattacharjee, M. E. Brooks, P. R. Colarco, A. Da Silva, T. F. Eck, J. Guth, O. Jorba, R. Kouznetsov, Z. Kipling, M. Sofiev, C. P. Carcia‐Pando, Y. Pradhan, T. Tanaka, J. Wang, D. L. Westphal, K. Yumimoto, and J. Zhang. 2019. "Current State of the global operational aerosol multi‐model ensemble: an update from the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP)." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society qj.3497 [10.1002/qj.3497]

    Chen, Z., P. K. Bhartia, R. Loughman, P. Colarco, and M. DeLand. 2018. "Improvement of stratospheric aerosol extinction retrieval from OMPS/LP using a new aerosol model." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 (12): 6495-6509 [10.5194/amt-11-6495-2018]

    Song, Q., Z. Zhang, H. Yu, et al. S. Kato, P. Yang, P. Colarco, L. A. Remer, and C. L. Ryder. 2018. "Net radiative effects of dust in the tropical North Atlantic based on integrated satellite observations and in situ measurements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (15): 11303-11322 [10.5194/acp-18-11303-2018]

    Benedetti, A., J. S. Reid, P. Knippertz, et al. J. H. Marsham, F. Di Giuseppe, S. Rémy, S. Basart, O. Boucher, I. M. Brooks, L. Menut, L. Mona, P. Laj, G. Pappalardo, A. Wiedensohler, A. Baklanov, M. Brooks, P. R. Colarco, E. Cuevas, A. da Silva, J. Escribano, J. Flemming, N. Huneeus, O. Jorba, S. Kazadzis, S. Kinne, T. Popp, P. K. Quinn, T. T. Sekiyama, T. Tanaka, and E. Terradellas. 2018. "Status and future of numerical atmospheric aerosol prediction with a focus on data requirements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (14): 10615-10643 [10.5194/acp-18-10615-2018]

    Levy, R. C., S. Mattoo, V. Sawyer, et al. Y. Shi, P. R. Colarco, A. I. Lyapustin, Y. Wang, and L. A. Remer. 2018. "Exploring systematic offsets between aerosol products from the two MODIS sensors." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 4073-4092 [https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4073-2018]

    Nowottnick, E. P., P. R. Colarco, S. A. Braun, et al. D. O. Barahona, A. da Silva, D. L. Hlavka, M. J. McGill, and J. R. Spackman. 2018. "Dust Impacts on the 2012 Hurricane Nadine Track during the NASA HS3 Field Campaign." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences JAS-D-17-0237.1 [10.1175/jas-d-17-0237.1]

    Veselovskii, I., P. Goloub, T. Podvin, et al. D. Tanre, A. da Silva, P. Colarco, P. Castellanos, M. Korenskiy, Q. Hu, D. N. Whiteman, D. Pérez-Ramírez, P. Augustin, M. Fourmentin, and A. Kolgotin. 2018. "Characterization of smoke and dust episode over West Africa: comparison of MERRA-2 modeling with multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar observations." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 (2): 949-969 [10.5194/amt-11-949-2018]

    Rocha-Lima, A., J. V. Martins, L. A. Remer, et al. M. Todd, J. H. Marsham, S. Engelstaedter, C. L. Ryder, C. Cavazos-Guerra, P. Artaxo, P. Colarco, and R. Washington. 2018. "A detailed characterization of the Saharan dust collected during the Fennec campaign in 2011: in situ ground-based and laboratory measurements." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (2): 1023-1043 [10.5194/acp-18-1023-2018]

    Whiteman, D. N., D. Pérez-Ramírez, I. Veselovskii, P. Colarco, and V. Buchard. 2018. "Retrievals of aerosol microphysics from simulations of spaceborne multiwavelength lidar measurements." Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 205 27-39 [10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.09.009]

    Colarco, P. R., S. Gassó, C. Ahn, et al. V. Buchard, A. M. da Silva, and O. Torres. 2017. "Simulation of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument aerosol index using the NASA Goddard Earth Observing System aerosol reanalysis products." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 10 (11): 4121-4134 [10.5194/amt-10-4121-2017]

    Randles, C. A., A. M. da Silva, V. Buchard, et al. P. R. Colarco, A. Darmenov, R. Govindaraju, A. Smirnov, B. Holben, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, Y. Shinozuka, and C. J. Flynn. 2017. "The MERRA-2 Aerosol Reanalysis, 1980 – onward, Part I: System Description and Data Assimilation Evaluation." Journal of Climate 30 (17): 6823-6850 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0609.1]

    Buchard, V., C. A. Randles, A. M. da Silva, et al. A. Darmenov, P. R. Colarco, R. Govindaraju, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, A. J. Beyersdorf, L. D. Ziemba, and H. Yu. 2017. "The MERRA-2 Aerosol Reanalysis, 1980 -- onward, Part II: Evaluation and Case Studies." Journal of Climate JCLI-D-16-0613.1 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0613.1]

    Rollins, A. W., T. D. Thornberry, L. A. Watts, et al. P. Yu, K. H. Rosenlof, M. Mills, E. Baumann, F. R. Giorgetta, T. V. Bui, M. Höpfner, K. A. Walker, C. Boone, P. F. Bernath, P. R. Colarco, P. A. Newman, D. W. Fahey, and R. S. Gao. 2017. "The Role of Sulfur Dioxide in Stratospheric Aerosol Formation Evaluated Using In-Situ Measurements in the Tropical Lower Stratosphere." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2017gl072754]

    Lu, C.-H., A. da Silva, J. Wang, et al. S. Moorthi, M. Chin, P. Colarco, Y. Tang, P. S. Bhattacharjee, S.-P. Chen, H.-Y. Chuang, H.-M. H. Juang, J. McQueen, and M. Iredell. 2016. "The implementation of NEMS GFS Aerosol Component (NGAC) Version 1.0 for global dust forecasting at NOAA/NCEP." Geosci. Model Dev. 9 (5): 1905-1919 [10.5194/gmd-9-1905-2016]

    Aquila, V., W. H. Swartz, D. W. Waugh, et al. P. R. Colarco, S. Pawson, L. M. Polvani, and R. S. Stolarski. 2016. "Isolating the roles of different forcing agents in global stratospheric temperature changes using model integrations with incrementally added single forcings." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. [10.1002/2015jd023841]

    Zhang, Z., K. Meyer, H. Yu, et al. S. Platnick, P. Colarco, Z. Liu, and L. Oreopoulos. 2016. "Shortwave direct radiative effects of above-cloud aerosols over global oceans derived from 8 years of CALIOP and MODIS observations." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16 (5): 2877-2900 [10.5194/acp-16-2877-2016]

    Buchard, V., A. da Silva, C. Randles, et al. P. Colarco, R. Ferrare, J. Hair, C. Hostetler, J. Tackett, and D. Winker. 2016. "Evaluation of the surface PM2.5 in Version 1 of the NASA MERRA Aerosol Reanalysis over the United States." Atmospheric Environment 125 (Part A): 100-111 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.11.004]

    Yasunari, T. J., P. R. Colarco, W. K. Lau, et al. K. Osada, M. Kido, S. P. Mahanama, K.-M. Kim, and A. M. Da Silva. 2016. "Total dust deposition flux during precipitation in Toyama, Japan, in the spring of 2009: A sensitivity analysis with the NASA GEOS-5 Model." Atmospheric Research 167 298–313 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.08.005]

    Nowottnick, E. P., P. R. Colarco, E. J. Welton, and A. M. Da Silva. 2015. "Use of the CALIOP vertical feature mask for evaluating global aerosol models." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 8 3647-3669 [10.5194/amt-8-3647-2015]

    Pan, X., M. Chin, R. Gautam, et al. H. Bian, D. Kim, P. R. Colarco, T. L. Diehl, T. Takemura, L. Pozzoli, K. Tsigaridis, S. E. Bauer, and N. Bellouin. 2015. "A multi-model evaluation of aerosols over South Asia: common problems and possible causes." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15 5903-5928 [10.5194/acp-15-5903-2015]

    Buchard, V. J., A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, et al. A. S. Darmenov, C. A. Randles, R. C. Govindaraju, O. Torres, J. Campbell, and R. Spurr. 2015. "Using the OMI aerosol index and absorption aerosol optical depth to evaluate the NASA MERRA Aerosol Reanalysis ." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15 5743-5760 [10.5194/acp-15-5743-2015]

    Sessions, W., J. S. Reid, A. Benedetti, et al. P. Colarco, A. da Silva, S. Lu, T. Sekiyama, T. Y. Tanaka, J. M. Baldasano, S. Basart, M. Brooks, T. F. Eck, M. Iredell, J. A. Hansen, O. Jorba, H.-M. Juang, P. Lynch, J.-J. Morcrette, S. Moorthi, J. Mulcahy, Y. Pradhan, M. Razinger, C. B. Sampson, J. Wang, and D. L. Westphal. 2015. "Development towards a global operational aerosol consensus: Basic climatological characteristics of the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction Multi-Model Ensemble (ICAP-MME)." Atmos. Chem. Phys 15 335-362 [10.5194/acp-15-335-2015]

    Colarco, P. R., R. A. Kahn, L. A. Remer, and R. C. Levy. 2014. "Impact of satellite viewing-swath width on global and regional aerosol optical thickness statistics and trends." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 7 (7): 2313-2335 [10.5194/amt-7-2313-2014]

    Buchard, V. J., A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, et al. N. A. Krotkov, R. R. Dickerson, J. W. Stehr, G. Mount, E. Spinei, H. L. Arkinson, and H. He. 2014. "Evaluation of GEOS-5 sulfur dioxide simulations during the Frostburg, MD 2010 field campaign." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14 (4): 1929-1941 [10.5194/acp-14-1929-2014]

    Yasunari, T., W. K. Lau, P. R. Colarco, et al. A. M. Da Silva, T. Aoki, K. Aoki, N. Murao, S. Yamagata, Y. Kodama, and S. P. Mahanama. 2014. "The GOddard SnoW Impurity Module (GOSWIM) for the NASA GEOS-5 Earth System Model: Preliminary Comparisons with Observations in Sapporo, Japan." SOLA 10 (0): 50-56 [10.2151/sola.2014-011]

    Matsui, T., C. M. Ichoku, C. A. Randles, et al. T. L. Yuan, A. M. Da Silva, P. R. Colarco, D. Kim, R. C. Levy, A. M. Sayer, M. Chin, D. Giles, B. N. Holben, E. J. Welton, T. F. Eck, and L. A. Remer. 2014. "Current and Future Perspectives of Aerosol Research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society early view [10.1175/ BAMS-D-13-00153.1]

    Colarco, P. R., E. P. Nowottnick, C. A. Randles, et al. B. Yi, P. Yang, K.-M. Kim, J. Smith, and C. Bardeen. 2014. "Impact of radiatively interactive dust aerosols in the NASA GEOS-5 climate model: Sensitivity to dust particle shape and refractive index." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (2): 753-786 [10.1002/2013JD020046]

    Bian, H., P. R. Colarco, M. Chin, et al. G. Chen, J. M. Rodriguez, Q. Liang, D. Blake, D.-C. A. Chu, A. M. Da Silva, A. S. Darmenov, G. Diskin, H. E. Fuelberg, G. Huey, Y. Kondo, J. E. Nielsen, X. Pan, and A. Wisthaler. 2013. "Source attributions of pollution to the Western Arctic during the NASA ARCTAS field campaign." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13 (9): 4707-4721 [10.5194/acp-13-4707-2013]

    Kessner, A. L., J. Wang, R. C. Levy, and P. R. Colarco. 2013. "Remote sensing of surface visibility from space: A look at the United States East Coast." Atmospheric Environment 81 136–147 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.08.050]

    Randles, C. A., P. R. Colarco, and A. M. Da Silva. 2013. "Direct and semi-direct aerosol effects in the NASA GEOS-5 AGCM: aerosol-climate interactions due to prognostic versus prescribed aerosols." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118 (1): 149–169 [10.1029/2012JD018388]

    Aquila, V., L. D. Oman, R. S. Stolarski, P. R. Colarco, and P. Newman. 2012. "Dispersion of the volcanic sulfate cloud from a Mount Pinatubo-like eruption." J. Geophys. Res. 117 (D6): D06216 [10.1029/2011JD016968]

    Benedetti, A., J. S. Reid, and P. R. Colarco. 2011. "International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction Workshop on Aerosol Forecast Verification." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 92 (11): ES48-ES53 [10.1175/bams-d-11-00105.1]

    Reid, J. S., A. Benedetti, P. R. Colarco, and J. A. Hansen. 2011. "International Operational Aerosol Observability Workshop." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 92 (6): ES21-ES24 [10.1175/2010bams3183.1]

    Su, H., J. H. Jiang, X. Liu, et al. J. E. Penner, W. G. Read, S. Massie, M. R. Schoeberl, P. R. Colarco, N. J. Livesey, and M. L. Santee. 2011. "Observed Increase of TTL Temperature and Water Vapor in Polluted Clouds over Asia." J. Climate 24 (11): 2728-2736 [10.1175/2010jcli3749.1]

    Jiang, J. H., H. Su, C. Zhai, et al. S. T. Massie, M. R. Schoeberl, S. E. Platnick, P. R. Colarco, Y. Gu, and K.-N. Liou. 2011. "Influence of convection and aerosol pollution on ice cloud particle effective radius." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11 (2): 457-463 [10.5194/acp-11-457-2011]

    Liang, Q., J. M. Rodriguez, A. R. Douglass, et al. J. Crawford, E. Apel, H. Bian, D. Blake, W. Brune, M. Chin, P. R. Colarco, A. Silva, G. Diskin, B. N. Duncan, L. Huey, D. Knapp, D. Montzka, J. Nielsen, J. Olson, S. Pawson, D. Riemer, A. Weinheimer, and A. Wisthaler. 2011. "Reactive nitrogen, ozone and ozone production in the Arctic troposphere and the impact of stratosphere-troposphere exchange." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11 (24): 13181-13199 [10.5194/acp-11-13181-2011]

    Nowottnick, E., P. R. Colarco, A. M. Da Silva, D. L. Hlavka, and M. J. Mcgill. 2011. "The fate of Saharan dust across the Atlantic and implications for a Central American dust barrier." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11 (16): 8415-8431 [10.5194/acp-11-8415-2011]

    Winker, D. M., J. Pelon, J. A. Coakley, et al. S. A. Ackerman, R. J. Charlson, P. R. Colarco, P. Flamant, Q. Fu, R. M. Hoff, C. Kittaka, T. L. Kubar, H. Le Treut, M. P. McCormick, G. Mégie, L. Poole, K. Powell, C. Trepte, M. A. Vaughan, and B. A. Wielicki. 2010. "The CALIPSO Mission: A Global 3D View of Aerosols and Clouds." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91 (9): 1211-1229 [10.1175/2010bams3009.1]

    Toon, O., D. O. Starr, E. Jensen, et al. P. Newman, S. E. Platnick, M. R. Schoeberl, P. Wennberg, S. Wolsy, M. J. Kurylo, H. Maring, K. Jucks, M. Craig, M. Vasques, L. Pfister, K. Rosenlof, H. B. Selkirk, P. R. Colarco, S. R. Kawa, G. Mace, P. Minnis, and K. E. Pickering. 2010. "Planning, implementation, and first results of the Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TC4)." J. Geophys. Res. 115 D00J04 [10.1029/2009JD013073]

    Ott, L., B. N. Duncan, S. Pawson, et al. P. Colarco, M. Chin, C. A. Randles, T. Diehl, and E. Nielsen. 2010. "Influence of the 2006 Indonesian biomass burning aerosols on tropical dynamics studied with the GEOS-5 AGCM." J Geophys Res 115 (D14): D14121 [10.1029/2009JD013181]

    Colarco, P., A. daSilva, M. Chin, and T. Diehl. 2010. "Online simulations of global aerosol distributions in the NASA GEOS-4 model and comparisons to satellite and ground-based aerosol optical depth." J Geophys Res 115 (D14): D14207 [10.1029/2009JD012820]

    Nowottnick, E., P. R. Colarco, R. Ferrare, et al. G. Chen, S. Ismail, B. Anderson, and E. Browell. 2010. "Online simulations of mineral dust aerosol distributions: Comparisons to NAMMA observations and sensitivity to dust emission parameterization." J Geophys Res 115 (D3): D03202 [10.1029/2009JD012692]

    Jiang, J., H. Su, S. Massie, et al. P. Colarco, M. Schoeberl, and S. Platnick. 2009. "Aerosol-CO relationship and aerosol effect on ice cloud particle size: Analyses from Aura Microwave Limb Sounder and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer observations." J. Geophys. Res. 114 (D20): D20707 [10.1029/2009JD012421]

    Jiang, J. H., H. Su, M. R. Schoeberl, et al. S. T. Massie, P. Colarco, S. Platnick, and N. J. Livesey. 2008. "Clean and polluted clouds: Relationships among pollution, ice clouds, and precipitation in South America." Geophysical Research Letters 35 (14): L14804 [10.1029/2008gl034631]

    Matichuk, R. I., P. R. Colarco, J. A. Smith, and O. B. Toon. 2008. "Modeling the transport and optical properties of smoke plumes from South American biomass burning." Journal of Geophysical Research 113 (D7): D07208 [10.1029/2007jd009005]

    Wong, S., A. E. Dessler, N. M. Mahowald, P. R. Colarco, and A. da Silva. 2008. "Long-term variability in Saharan dust transport and its link to North Atlantic sea surface temperature." Geophysical Research Letters 35 (7): [10.1029/2007gl032297]

    Matichuk, R. I., P. R. Colarco, J. A. Smith, and O. B. Toon. 2007. "Modeling the transport and optical properties of smoke aerosols from African savanna fires during the Southern African Regional Science Initiative campaign (SAFARI 2000)." Journal of Geophysical Research 112 (D8): D08203 [10.1029/2006jd007528]

    Morris, G., S. Hersey, A. M. Thompson, et al. O. R. Cooper, S. Pawson, E. Nielsen, P. R. Colarco, W. W. McMillan, A. Stohl, S. Turquety, J. Warner, B. J. Johnson, T. L. Kuscera, D. E. Larko, S. J. Oltmans, and J. C. Witte. 2006. "Alaskan and Canadian forest fires exacerbate ozone pollution over Houston, Texas, on 19 and 20 July 2004." J. Geophys. Res. 111 (D24): D24S03 [10.1029/2006JD007090]

    Wong, S., P. R. Colarco, and A. E. Dessler. 2006. "Principal component analysis of the evolution of the Saharan air layer and dust transport: Comparisons between a model simulation and MODIS and AIRS retrievals." J. Geophys. Res. 111 (D20): D20109 [10.1029/2006JD007093]

    de Almeida Castanho, A. D., P. Artazo, J. Martins, et al. P. Hobbs, L. Remer, M. Yamasoe, and P. R. Colarco. 2005. "Chemical characterization of aerosols on the East Coast of the United States using aircraft and ground-based stations during the CLAMS Experiment." J Atmos Sci 62 (4): 934-946 [10.1175/JAS3388.1]

    Barnum, B., N. Winstead, J. Wesely, et al. A. Hakola, P. Colarco, O. Toon, P. Ginoux, G. Brooks, L. Hasselbarth, and B. Toth. 2004. "Forecasting dust storms using the CARMA-dust model and MM5 weather data." Environmental Modelling & Software 19 (2): 129-140 [10.1016/s1364-8152(03)00115-4]

    Colarco, P. R., M. R. Schoeberl, B. G. Doddridge, et al. L. T. Marufu, O. Torres, and E. J. Welton. 2004. "Transport of smoke from Canadian forest fires to the surface near Washington, D.C.: Injection height, entrainment, and optical properties." J. Geophys. Res. 109 (D6): D06203 [10.1029/2003JD004248]

    Colarco, P. R., O. B. Toon, and B. N. Holben. 2003. "Saharan dust transport to the Caribbean during PRIDE: 1. Influence of dust sources and removal mechanisms on the timing and magnitude of downwind aerosol optical depth events from simulations of in situ and remote sensing observations." Journal of Geophysical Research 108 (D19): 8589 [10.1029/2002jd002658]

    Reid, J., J. Kinney, D. Westphal, et al. B. Holben, E. J. Welton, S.-C. Tsay, D. Eleuterio, J. Campbell, S. Christopher, P. R. Colarco, H. Jonsson, J. Livingston, H. Maring, M. Meier, P. Pilewskie, J. Prospero, E. Reid, L. Remer, P. Russell, D. Savoie, A. Smirnov, and D. Tanre. 2003. "Analysis of measurements of Saharan dust by airborne and ground-based remote sensing methods during the Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRIDE)." J. Geophys. Res. 108 (D19): 8586 [10.1029/2002JD002493]

    Colarco, P. R., O. Toon, J. Reid, et al. J. Livingston, P. Russell, J. Redemann, B. Schmid, H. Maring, D. Savoie, E. J. Welton, J. Campbell, B. N. Holben, and R. C. Levy. 2003. "Saharan dust transport to the Caribbean during PRIDE: 2. Transport, vertical profiles, and deposition in simulations of in situ and remote sensing observations." J. Geophys. Res. 108 (D19): 8590 [10.1029/2002JD002659]

    Grini, A., C. S. Zender, and P. R. Colarco. 2002. "Saltation Sandblasting behavior during mineral dust aerosol production." Geophysical Research Letters 29 (18): 15-1-15-4 [10.1029/2002gl015248]

    Colarco, P. R., O. B. Toon, O. Torres, and P. J. Rasch. 2002. "Determining the UV imaginary index of refraction of Saharan dust particles from TOMS data using a three dimensional model of dust transport." J.Geophys. Res 107 10.129/2001JD000903.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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