Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Contrail Effect

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Are vapor trails from aircraft influencing the climate, and if so, should we worry?

C141 contrails

Contrails, the man-made clouds
left in the wake of jet aircraft, may actually alter climate, though to what
degree remains unclear.

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January 29, 2004

The sheer number of
contrails generated on a typical day in busy air corridors can come as a shock.
A NASA satellite took this enhanced infrared image of the southeastern U.S. on
January 29, 2004.

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Sept. 12, 2001

In skies normally
crosshatched with condensation trails, the only contrails seen in this image
from September 12, 2001, were left by the plane returning President Bush to
Washington from Nebraska and several escort fighters.

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In this true-color
satellite image shot above northwestern Europe, the contrast between skies with
contrails and those without offers a striking sense of the influence these
pseudo clouds might have on regional climate.

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The Contrail Effect

The Contrail Effect
Are vapor trails from aircraft influencing the climate?

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