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Keeping an eye on Earth’s energy budget

24 October 2017

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As the principal investigator of NASA's Radiaton Budget Science Project, Loeb oversees a series of space-borne instruments that measure reflected sunlight and thermal radiation emitted by the Earth. It gives him a chance to satisfy his curiosity about our home planet from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

And in just a few weeks, Loeb will watch as the newest Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument zooms off to space, where it will collect even more data on processes that help drive the connections he finds so intriguing.

CERES Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6) will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), which is scheduled to launch 10 November on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Observations from CERES provide a critical top-of-atmosphere dataset for Earth's "energy budget" — the balance between energy received from the Sun, and the amount of energy emitted by the Earth as thermal radiation.

Source: NASA

Image credit: NASA/David C. Bowman - Norman Loeb, principal investigator of NASA's Radiaton Budget Science Project, is pictured with a CERES model, which studies the clouds and monitor Earth's "energy budget."

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