‘Clouds, since they reflect sunlight sunlight back to space, can cool the Earth. And clouds also, on the other hand, can heat the planet in a greenhouse sense.’
– Bruce Weilicki
Bruce Wielicki of NASA is the principal investigator for NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) mission.
In this Clear Voices for Science podcast, Wielicki spoke with EarthSky’s Jorge Salazar about how clouds affect the energy Earth receives, keeps, and emits back to space – what scientists call Earth’s energy balance.
Our thanks to NASA‘s Terra Mission, helping us better understand and protect our home planet.
Our thanks to:
Senior Scientist for Earth Sciences
Principal Investigator, CERES Mission
NASA Langley Research Center
Jorge Salazar has conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with scientists in the process of creating science content for EarthSky. He also helps host the 90-second EarthSky podcasts. Jorge has a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He knows a lot about a lot of different things. For EarthSky, he has explored subjects as diverse as nanotechnology, ecosystem-based management, climate change, global health, international environmental treaties, astrophysics and cosmology, and environmental security. His penetrating research style, poetic writing, and ability to track down and speak with Nobel prize-winning laureates, all make him a huge asset to EarthSky.