Mapping the Frozen Sky: Study looks at clouds from both sides now

6:52am, May 30, 2002

Scientists have combined simultaneous observations from satellite sensors and ground-based radar to construct a detailed, three-dimensional map of a high-altitude cirrus cloud. Such thin, wispy clouds waft above as much as 30 percent of Earth's surface, and the new analytical technique may help researchers quantify the clouds' precise effect on Earth's climate.

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