(Updated Sept. 8, 2020)
There are two components to resolving Earth’s radiation energy budget: the input into the Earth system from the Sun’s radiative energy and the output of the radiative energy that leaves the Earth. This lecture will focus on the radiative energy that leaves the Earth, which is the sum of reflected sunlight and the radiative energy that Earth emits to space. The space-based measurements of these quantities began almost five decades ago, and just like the measurements of solar irradiance, they improved the fundamental understanding of Earth’s climate. As the sophistication of instruments grew, along with the models used to interpret their measurements, considerable insight has been gained into the flow of energy through the Earth system and its regulation of climate. Despite this progress, gaps in our understanding remain, requiring even longer climate records with improved accuracy. To meet these demands, LASP is developing a new climate mission called Libera that will launch in the latter part of this decade.
In this presentation, Libera principal investigator and LASP scientist Peter Pilewskie will discuss the Libera mission objectives and expected improvements in the understanding of Earth’s radiative energy budget and climate.
When volcanos erupt, these geologic monsters produce tremendous clouds of ash and dust—plumes that can blacken the sky, shut down air traffic and reach heights of roughly 25 miles above Earth’s surface. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that such volcanic ash may also have a larger influence on the… Read more »
CU on the Air Podcast: LASP Director Dan Baker talks with CU president Mark Kennedy about the Hope Mars Mission and the future of Space Research at CU
Podcast Link: Summary of Podcast United Arab Emirates sent its first mission to Mars, the Hope Mars Mission, on July 19. And although the launch was more than 6,000 miles from Colorado, the University of Colorado Boulder played a major role in putting Hope into orbit. CU Boulder Professor Dan Baker and CU President Mark… Read more »
LASP researchers Xu Wang and Mihály Horányi were part of a study to develop a method to clean lunar dust particles off of surfaces.