'Studies of Marine Aerosols and Their Evolution in the Eastern North Atlantic and Analysis of MAST Data'.
Final rept. 15 Apr 92-30 Sep 96,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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As part of the Monterey Area Ship Track MAST Study, the University of Washingtons Cloud and Aerosol Research Group used its integrated airborne research facility to obtain in situ measurements of the particles and gases emitted by various types of ships, the dispersion and evolution of these effluents downwind, and their effects on the microstructure and optical properties of marine stratiform clouds, particularly as they affect the formation of so-called ship tracks in clouds. The results of these studies confirmed that it is the effluents from ships that produce ship tracks under appropriate cloud and meteorological conditions.