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George Mason University's role in the AIM mission is to help define and accomplish the science and measurement objectives of the project, in particular those related to understanding the water budget in the polar mesosphere. This involves utilizing chemical/dynamical models along with relevant observations to quantify the relative contribution of gas phase chemistry, surface chemistry, and sublimation/condensation to the water budget in the vicinity of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs). Understanding the water budget in the polar mesosphere is a prerequisite for understanding how PMCs form and evolve, and also for understanding how they respond to changing global atmospheric conditions.

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4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 20124
Phone: 703.993.1000
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