Monitoring the Earth’s radiation budget
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes how the Earth Explorer FORUM mission will give scientists a better understanding of our planet’s radiation budget.
The radiation balance at the top of the atmosphere influences Earth’s surface temperature.
This balance has been disrupted by greenhouse gas emissions, which trap an enormous amount of heat that would usually be released into space.
FORUM will measure across Earth’s entire far-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum to examine the influence that these wavelengths have on surface temperatures.
Video Credit: European Space Agency