As research on greenhouse gases and global warming continues, this brief video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center explains how instruments like CERES and MODIS are providing researchers with long term trend data on Earth’s heat balance.
Aqua CERES: Tracking Earth’s Heat Balance
Is the heat budget of the planet changing? Thermometers on the ground can give us a snapshot of a summer heatwave or winter cold spell, but it takes something like NASA’s CERES instruments to give a long term picture of whether the planet is keeping more of its heat than it loses back into space.
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center