Clouds in the Balance

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This feature article provides a summary of study about the role of clouds in the balance. Until recently, scientists were uncertain whether clouds had an overall net cooling or heating effect on the Earth's climate. But recent studies show that, in the tropics, a "near cancellation" between shortwave cooling and longwave warming exists, which indicates that the amount of incoming radiant energy is roughly equal to the amount of outgoing radiation. However, small changes in tropical cloudiness can disrupt this precarious balance.

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4 p. : ill.

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Schmidt, Laurie J. October 11, 2001.

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  • Main Title: Clouds in the Balance
  • Series Title: NASA Earth Observatory
  • Added Title: Clouds in the Balance (DAAC Study): Feature Article

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This feature article provides a summary of study about the role of clouds in the balance. Until recently, scientists were uncertain whether clouds had an overall net cooling or heating effect on the Earth's climate. But recent studies show that, in the tropics, a "near cancellation" between shortwave cooling and longwave warming exists, which indicates that the amount of incoming radiant energy is roughly equal to the amount of outgoing radiation. However, small changes in tropical cloudiness can disrupt this precarious balance.

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4 p. : ill.

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Schmidt, Laurie J. Clouds in the Balance, text, October 11, 2001; Washington, DC. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11860/: accessed March 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .