Natural and Human Emissions in the Tropical Canopy
In addition to being hotbeds of
Like other forests, tropical forests naturally generate and emit volatile organic compounds that can react with other elements to form
A surprising early result from the campaign is that organic aerosols appear to partially shift between liquid and solid phases with the extent of the pollution, potentially affecting both cloud formation and atmospheric chemistry. Longer-term expected results include better models of fast-reacting atmospheric chemistry within the tropical forest canopy; deeper knowledge and improved modeling of interactions between biogenic emissions, human-generated pollutants, and meteorological factors; and a better understanding of how these interactions affect cloud and precipitation lifecycles.