Organic aerosol research has been growing rapidly since the carbonaceous content of aerosol particles were found to be sufficient to play an important role on climate. Peer-reviewed and comprehensive characterizations (climatology) of the current scientific developments in this field can only help future approaches to the many uncertainties that still remain. Topics include particle sources, properties, and transformation, along with the mixing of organic aerosol particles. The primary objective for organic aerosol research is to develop methods in which new data can be obtained and analyzed to refine global climate models.

Peer-reviewed publications on this topic:

Climatology of PM2.5 Organic Carbon Concentrations from a Review of Ground-Based Atmospheric Measurements by Evolved Gas Analysis (DOI)
Ranjit Bahadur, Gazala Habib, Lynn M. Russell.

With the purpose of constraining worldwide organic carbon concentrations for use in climate models, this paper compares ground-based measurements of OC in the fine aerosol fraction. North America is the only region found to have sufficient measurements to provide spatial and temporal trends such as distinct seasonal variability. More OC measurements in populous areas such as Asia and South America are critical in assessing our current global climate models.

Critical assessment of the current state of scientific knowledge, terminology, and research needs concerning the role of organic aerosols in the atmosphere, climate, and global change (DOI)
S. Fuzzi, M. O. Andreae, B. J. Huebert, M. Kulmala, T. C. Bond, M. Boy, S. J. Doherty, A. Guenther, M. Kanakidou, K. Kawamura, V. M. Kerminen, U. Lohmann, L. M. Russell, and U. Poschl.

This paper seeks to address the conceptual aspects connected with organic aerosols to provide a comprehensive characterization and understanding of aerosol effects on the environment, climate, and public health. A research agenda is presented that can aid in improving chemical transport and climate models.