This 10-minute, 46-second video shows how our atmosphere consists of several layers and each plays a different role in our climate. The bottom two layers are the troposphere and the stratosphere, and in between these two is a region of colder air known as the Tropopause. It is critical to understand the Tropopause, its composition and interaction with gases, aerosols, and humidity that affect the stratosphere's climate, which ultimately affects the climate in the troposphere. NASA launched a mission called Airborne Tropical TRopopause Experiment (ATTREX) to find answers to these questions.
Operated by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, the remotely piloted Global Hawk research aircraft took off from its base at Edwards, CA, to track the transport of water vapor into the upper atmosphere and help researchers understand how greenhouse gases affect Earth's climate.
To learn more about the ATTREX mission, visit: https://espo.nasa.gov/missions/attrex
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Originally uploaded by NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on 18.01.17.
Cited keywords: 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration' 'Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center' 'Airborne Science' 'Earth Science' Stratosphere Troposphere Tropics Tropopause Clouds 'Climate Change' 'Atmospheric Chemistry' 'Global Hawk' ATTREX
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