This NASA's Earth Minute: My Name is Aerosol video introduces the concept of aerosols.


A longer video called Climate Mission, Secrets of Aerosols and Clouds give more information. 


Investigating GLOBE Air Quality from the Ground, to Clouds to Satellites 

The NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC), with NASA scientist, Dr. Margaret Pippin, from NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA, USA), hosted a four part Air Quality Webinar Series. The webinar series provides information and tools for exploring aerosols in conjunction with clouds. The videos show how to incorporate additional data sources and provide more than one project example.

  1. Session 1: “How Can GLOBE Cloud Observations Tell an Air Quality Story?” What can clouds tell us about air quality? Find out how cloud observations provide clues about the air. This webinar explores how to integrate data from low-cost sensors with GLOBE cloud observations for air quality investigations. Learn from a NASA scientist how to make cloud observations. 

  2. Session 2: "How Do Satellites Add to the Air Quality Story?” What do aerosols have to do with clouds? This webinar covers NASA’s interest in this topic. A NASA scientist describes aerosols and aerosol optical depth. Learn how to use the GLOBE Visualization tool to look at cloud observations and NASA Terra satellite imagery of Aerosol Optical Depth. Take it further by using more publicly available data to find patterns and events! You will also learn how to use the AerosolWatch site to find satellite images for clouds, aerosols, fires, and smoke.  

  3. Session 3: “How Do Ground Observations Enhance the Air Quality Story?” Learn how GLOBE citizen scientists contribute to the overall picture of air quality, and how they use ground measurements from low-cost sensors to complement their GLOBE observations. View a demonstration of how to use the Purple Air visualization map and download PM 2.5 data. Learn how to access the EPA Fire and Smoke Map for more information. 

  4. Session 4: “How to Tell Your Air Quality Story.”  Watch a demonstration of how to use cloud observations, aerosols images, and citizen scientist measurements to connect satellite and ground measurements to tell your air quality story. You will learn how various sources of data complement each other and allow you to craft a story using historical GLOBE data or your own observations. Find weather fronts, fires, dust storms and more. Your host will also provide a template for telling the story about what you discover.