Settled Science: Clusters of small satellites could help estimate Earth’s reflected energy

From M.I.T. and the “Total outgoing radiation is actually one of the biggest uncertainties in climate change” department: Batches of shoebox-sized satellites could improve estimates of Earth’s reflected energy A team of small, shoebox-sized satellites, flying in formation around the Earth, could estimate the planet’s reflected energy with twice the accuracy of traditional monolith satellites,…

Quiz: Which 30-Year Warming Period Is Recent?

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale THREE MAPS ILLUSTRATING SIMILAR GLOBAL SURFACE TEMPERATURE CHANGES OVER DIFFERENT 30-YEAR PERIODS The GISS map-making webpage allows users to create global maps of surface temperature anomalies for specific time periods or to create maps of the change in surface temperatures over user-defined time periods based on local linear trends. My…

Blame Climate Change? New orchid looks like the devil

For some reason, this press release showed up in my Eurekalert news feed for Atmospheric Science. That makes me wonder how long it will take for somebody to blame this new mutant flower on climate change. After all, there are thousands of other things that climate change gets blamed for. Orchid or demon: Flower of…

Clouds are moving higher, subtropical dry zones expanding, according to satellite analysis

Scripps-led study confirms computerized climate simulations projecting effects of global warming From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – SAN DIEGO A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego-led research team analyzing satellite cloud records has found that the cloudy storm tracks on Earth are moving toward the poles and subtropical dry zones are expanding.…