One small step for NASA; one giant leap for Global Warming. NASA is sending a probe which they named the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) over the Pacific ocean to study the climate. NASA scientists will conduct studies in the tropopause and the "unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth" (NASA). This just proves Global Warming all the more real.
Now what I can't wait to see is the information ATTREX brings back. I'm glad that NASA is choosing to do these studies that are closer to home and I commend them for taking this step for the environment.
All the action with the ATTREX will take place about 65,000 feet above the Pacific ocean in an aircraft called the Global Hawk. This is both scary and very exciting because we don't currently have much data on the tropopause and anything is possible. Climate change is imminenet to say the least and I believe the data will just prove this more.
NASA scientists will also be looking for clues to how ozone and vapor change in the stratosphere. The ozone layer is found within the stratosphere where no weather occurs. Weather occurs below the stratosphere in the troposphere which is where airplanes fly. What is amazing is the change in temperature between the troposphere and the stratosphere. In the stratosphere the temerature decreases the further up you go. After you cross the troposphere the point where weather pauses is called the tropopause. In the stratosphere the temperature rises the further up you go. You might remember following the outside temperature on a TV screen in an airplane ride and it getting lower and lower as you ascend. That is all part of the stratosphere and maybe you haven't even noticed it during your airplane ride. However, the next time you go on an airplane ride keep the stratosphere in mind and follow the drop in temperature as you ascend. This makes for a great in-flight conversation and not to mention you might teach someone something.
Well, much thanks to NASA for doing this experiment so that we may learn more about our environment and climate change. The more we learn about how our Earth functions the more respect we have for it and we won't take it for granted. We all look forward to the data that NASA will present to us after their experiment when we become one step closer to answering all of our climate change questions.