Cirrus Reflectance (1 month - Aqua/MODIS)
About this dataset
Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds floating high up in the sky. They can be hard to see and, in fact, some cirrus clouds are invisible. Scientists are interested in cirrus clouds because they allow most of the sun's light to pass through them, but they help to catch heat rising from Earth's surface. So cirrus clouds help to warm our world. As Earth continues to warm this century, will more cirrus clouds form? Airplane contrails in the sky help to form more cirrus clouds than nature would on its own. How does this extra man-made cirrus affect our world? Scientists use satellites to make global maps of cirrus clouds like the ones in NEO to help them answer such questions. The bright white pixels in these images are regions completely covered by cirrus clouds. Greyish-white pixels show partial cirrus cover, and dark pixels indicate little or no cirrus.
Image courtesy Reto Stockli, Earth Observatory, based upon data provided by the MODIS Science Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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