CERES's Science Objectives

CERES's Science Objectives
  • Credit:

    Susan Gonnelli, NASA TV GSFC

The CERES sensors are designed to help scientists understand the fate of sunlight after it enters the Earth's environment. Some sunlight is reflected by clouds or the surface back up into space, while some is absorbed and then stored as heat. Subsequently, this energy is emitted as longwave radiation, much of which gets trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by clouds and greenhouse gases.

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  • Data Date:

    December 7, 1999
  • Visualization Date:

    December 7, 1999
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - CERES
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration