Hoping to establish some clarity on the phenomenon of climate change in the Earth’s atmosphere, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching an unprecedented effort that will include aircraft gathering data from the upper reaches of our world.
According to the U.S. aeronautics agency, the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) is set to undertake 30-hour-long flights utilizing a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to fly up to 65,000 feet in the air. During these excursions, a number of scientific payloads and tests will be used to determine if and how our atmosphere is actually evolving.
“The ATTREX payload will provide unprecedented measurements of the tropical tropopause layer,” Eric Jensen, the principal investigator for the project, was quoted as saying in a press release. “This is our first opportunity to sample the tropopause region during winter in the Northern Hemisphere when the region is coldest and extremely dry air enters the stratosphere.”
Among the subjects tackled in the ATTREX initiative is the question of how water vapor and the level of ozone in the upper regions of the atmosphere are influencing climate change. Chemical composition experiments will be conducted, as the scientists predict that the ecological effect of these natural forces can have a huge influence on temperatures and weather conditions down here on the surface.
Additionally, cloud formation will be cataloged during the Global Hawk flights in the tropopause region, where ozone concentrations rise and the interaction between greenhouse gases and the atmosphere are particularly noteworthy, the release stated.
The aerial experiment will be taking place this Wednesday, January 16, with five more tests planned between that date and March 15. Stay with LifeIsGreen.com for further developments on this important ecological study.