Satellite Detection of Effects Due to Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

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Science  04 Nov 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4623, pp. 504-506
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4623.504


The use of satellites to detect climatic changes due to increased carbon dioxide was investigated. This method has several advantages over ground-based methods of monitoring climatic change. Calculations indicate that, by monitoring the outgoing longwave flux for small intervals in the 15-micrometer spectral region, changes in stratospheric temperatures due to doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide are large enough to be detected above the various sources of noise. This method can be extended to other spectral regions so that causal links between changes in outgoing longwave radiation due to other trace gases and the thermal structure of the atmosphere could be established.

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