The principal goals of TARFOX are to:

Measure the direct effects of tropospheric aerosols on regional radiation budgets of the cloud-free atmosphere, while simultaneously measuring the chemical, physical, and optical properties of the responsible aerosols.
Perform a radiative "column closure" study in one of the most polluted regions of the globe--the U.S. eastern seaboard. Use the degree of closure (i.e., consistency) among different measurements and analyses of aerosol properties and effects to (1) assess and, ideally, reduce uncertainties in predicted aerosol climate effects, and (2) guide planning for future aerosol studies (such as ACE-2 ).
Extend these measurements and analyses to other regions of the globe, using validated satellite remote sensing methods.


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