Physicists Create Clouds From Trees

[Lab Grown Clouds To Measure Climate Change]

Clouds form a big part of our atmosphere. Therefore, it is apt that cloud readings could be used to calculate how Climate Change is affecting our atmosphere.

However, since there are no records of cloud conditions for the pre-industrial era, it makes this process harder than expected.

What we do know is that aerosols play a big part in cloud formations, and if we could understand the effect pollution has on the different types of aerosols particles, we would be able to form a much better guess at how climate change affects the atmosphere.

While our understanding of aerosols created by sulfuric acid is sufficient, the real measure of climate change would be afforded by tests conducted on aerosols created by nature itself.

Scientists at CERN have now found a way to reproduce these natural aerosols by replicating the natural process of mixing tree vapors with cosmic rays.

This reproduction is a part of the Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets (CLOUD) Experiment, and is conducted in a 3 Mtr wide stainless steel Cloud Chamber.

The clouds created in this chamber are then analyzed to study the effect of climate change, and to form more accurate estimates about future warming, which would be instrumental in helping us find ways to contain the damage caused by it.

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Posted on : 07 Jun 2016 @ 12:54

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