Clouds and climate - Norman Loeb

Date 1 November 2011

The most powerful – and least understood – effectors of climate are clouds.

To better understand these objects – how they both reduce and magnify the energy we get from the sun – CERES (Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System) instruments now fly aboard several spacecraft, looking down on the sky.

Another CERES instrument has just launched, aboard another spacecraft. A few days before launch, I spoke with CERES PI (principle investigator), Dr. Norman Loeb, of NASA’s Langley Research Center. The conversation broadcast on Soundings, a few days after launch.

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