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CERES data and scientific investigations will answer long-standing questions about how to handle clouds in climate models. Follow-up CERES satellite missions are planned to create at least a continuous 15-year history of highly accurate radiation and cloud data for climate analyses. The CERES objectives directly address NASA's Earth Science Enterprise research priorities. CERES data are helping us to understand the trends and patterns of changes in regional land cover, and are providing surface radiation data for solar power, solar cooking, and architectural applications, as well as for the agricultural community. The CERES global observations will provide new data for improving seasonal-to-interannual climate forecasts, including the cloud and radiative aspects of periodic large-scale climate events such as El Niño. CERES data can be used for evaluating the radiative effects and climatic impact of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and major floods and droughts. The long-term CERES data set will provide a basis for scientific understanding of the mechanisms and factors such as cloud/climate feedback that determine long-term climate variations and trends. Understanding how clouds influence the Earth's energy balance and the role of clouds in regulating our climate will provide scientists with new insights into developing improved models for forecasting long-term climate. Scientists will be able to investigate on-going natural and human-induced global climate changes. The CERES radiation budget data are also useful for a wide range of other EOS interdisciplinary science investigations including studies of ocean, land, biological, and atmospheric processes.

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