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Earth Observatory: Clouds and Radiation
The study of clouds (where they occur, their characteristics, etc) plays a key role in the understanding of climate change. This site discusses how the relative thickness and altitude of various cloud types result in their either reflecting solar radiation or transmitting and trapping it, thereby warming Earth's surface. It features text, a scientific illustration, and links to other relevant topics and datasets.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2766
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Yoram Kauffman
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center