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Researchers: Dr Branka Miljevic (Chief Investigator) ,  Graham Johnson (Chief Investigator) ,  Graham Jones (Chief Investigator) ,  Professor Zoran Ristovski (Chief Investigator) ,  Robyn Schofield (Chief Investigator)
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Brief description GBR as a significant source of climatically relevant aerosol particles. Every cloud drop is formed from a microscopic aerosol particle, known as a cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). In unpolluted environments the CCN particles originate from biogenic sources. Determining the magnitude and driving factors of biogenic aerosol production in different ecosystems is crucial to the development and improvement of climate models. This project aims to determine the mechanisms of new particle production from one of the biggest ecosystems in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef. It is expected that the project will establish whether marine aerosol along the Queensland coast is coral-derived and show that this aerosol can affect the CCN concentration and therefore cloud formation and the hydrological cycle.

Funding Amount $263,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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