ZephIR wind lidar to support climate change research

By Michelle Froese An international team of scientists will head to the remote Southern Ocean with a ZephIR 300 wind lidar and provide the project’s remote wind measurements onboard the R/V Investigator, an Australian deep-ocean research vessel. The U.S. portion of the project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The team’s discoveries will be used to improve climate models, which routinely underestimate the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space by clouds in the region. Accurately simulating the amount of radiation that is absorbed or reflected on Earth is key to calculating how much the globe is warming.
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