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Modeling the sky: How scientists use equations to understand Earth's clouds
Description: A new paper suggests precipitation, temperature and humidity all have a say in how clouds respond to very tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols. Ninety percent of aerosols, like dust, smoke and ash, come from natural processes like wildfires. Human activity produces the remaining 10 percent, including black carbon, CFCs and sulfates. Scientists know aerosols affect the amount of water in a cloud, how easily they form raindrops and how much sunlight they reflect, but don't know exactly what impact they have. [Source: Global Climate Change - NASA]
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Source: Global Climate Change - NASA
Publish Date: 11/20/2014
Reading Level: Basic
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