AEROSE, the Saharan Dust AERosols and Ocean Science Expeditions, are an internationally recognized series of trans-Atlantic field campaigns conducted onboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown designed to explore African air mass outflows and their impacts on climate, weather, and environmental health. AEROSE began with a dedicated cruise in 2004 and has been conducted annually since 2006 to generate the most comprehensive data set of complementary atmospheric and oceanographic observations aimed at characterizing the impact and microphysical evolution of Saharan dust aerosols transported across the Atlantic Ocean (Morris et al. 2006; Nalli et al. 2011). AEROSE sounding data have been used to provide independent correlative data necessary for validation of environmental data records (EDRs) derived from the new NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Cross-track Infrared Microwave Sounding Suite (CrIMSS) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), as well as earlier legacy systems such as the NASA Aqua Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS). The sounder validation work is unique in that the AEROSE data enable the evaluation of the radiometric impact of Saharan dust aerosols on satellite remote sensing.

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AEROSE Cruise Tracks



AEROSE Information and Data 2016

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Royal Gazette Article September 2012 – AEROSE


To access AEROSE Data, please contact:
Dr. Vernon Morris; (Trace Gas and Aerosol Data)
Dr. Everette Joseph; (Radiation and Sounding Data)
Dr. Nick Nalli; (Satellite Calibration/Validation)


AEROSE Fact Sheet