AOS At a Glance

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Glossary of Terms

  • Aerosol
  • Coalescence
  • Condensation
  • Detrainment
  • Emission
  • Humidification: The act of increasing the moisture content of a gas, usually air.
  • Latent heat: The heat required to convert a solid into a liquid or vapor, or a liquid into a vapor, without change of temperature.
  • Microphysics: Dealing with physical objects that are not large enough to be observed and treated directly.
  • Nucleation: The process where droplets of liquid can condense from a vapor.
  • Precipitation
  • Radiative heating
  • Rime
  • Wet removal: Taking away (for example, an aerosol) via cloud or precipitation.