Cumulus, cirrus, stratus: what clouds say about climate change
What happens when particles in the atmosphere, especially manufactured ones, interact with water vapor and temperature to form clouds in a changing climate?
That is the question that Dan Cziczo, associate professor of atmospheric chemistry, explores. In brief, clouds help offset warming from greenhouse gases and the production of clouds help cool the earth, but in a shifting climate, cloud changes can be volatile.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, Cziczo discussed the connection between clouds and climate change, the impact of particulate matter and aerosol particles, and took questions from the worldwide MIT community via video chat. Watch the video and then join the discussion at the Slice of MIT blog.
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