Clouds: a climate uncertainty
In November, Horizon takes a deep dive into the captivating, diverse world of clouds to understand what they mean for climate change. We speak to atmospheric physicist Prof. Pier Siebesma about why clouds are still one of the biggest sources of uncertainty when it comes to climate change and how new field studies are helping to reduce some of the unknowns. We speak to a researcher about flying through tropical clouds to collect particles at high altitudes to paint a full picture of the role of clouds and aerosols in our planet’s climate. And we also delve into research investigating how global warming is changing clouds and why this could bring about extreme weather and rain, and we look at how aerosols – crucial for cloud formation - are changing due to anthropogenic pollution.
- Q&A: Why clouds are still ‘one of the biggest uncertainties’ in climate change
- Cloud shapes and formations impact global warming – but we still don’t understand them
- The mission to decipher a mysterious aerosol layer above Himalayan monsoon clouds
- Black carbon and other pollution seeds clouds. We’re just starting to understand the climate implications