Earth’s climate is a manifestation of a long-term balance of energy flows. Climate change occurs when there are energy imbalances, but these accumulate on much longer time scales than regular seasonal or annual cycles, for example. Monitoring climate trends globally from space thus presents a challenge to our observational capabilities: measurements must be accurate and instruments must maintain accuracy over long periods of time. In this talk, CU-Boulder/LASP Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Peter Pilewskie, will discuss how accurate our measurements need to be to detect trends in climate and attribute them to underlying causes, the limitations of instruments currently flying, and new initiatives to develop a robust climate observing system. LASP is at the forefront of these initiatives, with novel instruments and mission concepts to meet these challenges.
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