Aerosols in the Atmosphere

  • Andreas Petzold
  • Bernd Kärcher
Part of the Research Topics in Aerospace book series (RTA)


This overview introduces atmospheric aerosol, including basic definitions and properties. Types of aerosols, sources, transformation processes and sinks are described. The spatial distribution of atmospheric aerosol is discussed on the basis of field observations conducted at the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of aerosol impacts on the global climate.


Aerosol Particle Aerosol Optical Depth Number Concentration Atmospheric Aerosol Mineral Dust 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DLR, Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA)OberpfaffenhofenGermany

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