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03/13/2013

Cloudy Days: Not Such a Bad Thing

Source:  Dan Hawkes and LBNL News Center

Portrait_davidrompsClouds can both cool the planet, by acting as a shield against the sun, and warm the planet, by trapping heat. But why do clouds behave the way they do? And how will a warming planet affect the cloud cover?

ESD’s David Romps has made it his mission to answer these questions. "We don't understand many basic things about clouds," he says. "We don't know why clouds rise at the speeds they do. We don't know why they are the sizes they are. We lack a fundamental theory for what is a very peculiar case of fluid flow. There's a lot of theory that remains to be done."

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