The Essential Role for Laboratory Studies in Atmospheric Chemistry

James B. Burkholder, Jonathan P.D. Abbatt, Ian Barnes, James M. Roberts, Megan L. Melamed, Markus Ammann, Allan K. Bertram, Christopher D. Cappa, Annmarie G. Carlton, Lucy J. Carpenter, John N. Crowley, Yael Dubowski, Christian George, Dwayne E. Heard, Hartmut Herrmann, Frank N. Keutsch, Jesse H. Kroll, V. Faye McNeill, Nga Lee Ng, Sergey A. NizkorodovJohn J. Orlando, Carl J. Percival, Bénédicte Picquet-Varrault, Yinon Rudich, Paul W. Seakins, Jason D. Surratt, Hiroshi Tanimoto, Joel A. Thornton, Zhu Tong, Geoffrey S. Tyndall, Andreas Wahner, Charles J. Weschler, Kevin R. Wilson, Paul J. Ziemann, Christian Georges

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Laboratory studies of atmospheric chemistry characterize the nature of atmospherically relevant processes down to the molecular level, providing fundamental information used to assess how human activities drive environmental phenomena such as climate change, urban air pollution, ecosystem health, indoor air quality, and stratospheric ozone depletion. Laboratory studies have a central role in addressing the incomplete fundamental knowledge of atmospheric chemistry. This article highlights the evolving science needs for this community and emphasizes how our knowledge is far from complete, hindering our ability to predict the future state of our atmosphere and to respond to emerging global environmental change issues. Laboratory studies provide rich opportunities to expand our understanding of the atmosphere via collaborative research with the modeling and field measurement communities, and with neighboring disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2519-2528
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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