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CERES on TRMM
The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) experiment will allow researchers to study the Earth's atmosphere from space. Measurements from CERES will be used to help us understand the complicated balance between the energy from the Sun which the Earth absorbs either at the surface or in the atmosphere, and the energy which is radiated from the Earth to space. If this balance changes, so will our climate (this is what happened, for example, in the Ice Ages).
In particular, CERES will help us understand how clouds influence the Earth's energy balance and the role of clouds in regulating our climate. With this increased understanding, scientists will be able to improve long term climate forecasting -- not just what the weather will be in the next few days, but will there be long term changes in the coming years: hotter summers, colder winters, and stronger storms -- and will be able to investigate on-going natural and human-induced global climate change.
CERES Instrument, Labeled