New research shows that climate change has reduced what people are seeing as Earth’s reflection, according to an essay published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Scientists at the Big Bear Solar Observatory in Southern California have been investigating the changes in Earth’s appearance since 1998, searching for changes on time scales ranging from daily to decadent.

Researchers have put together two sets of data to work out whether and how the brightness of the Earth changes.

(One square meter is slightly less than 11 square feet.) The biggest part of this variation would fall within the last three years of an earthquake data they analyzed up to 2017; the CERES data continues until 2019, with an even sharper drop in the long run.

In a new study, scientists combined this data with NASA observations of the Radiant energy system of clouds and the Earth. The CERES has been in operation through a series of NASA aircraft and satellites from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 1997.

Specifically, the CERES data showed a loss of bright lowland clouds over the eastern Pacific off the west coast of America, where scientists record another sharp rise in sea surface temperatures.

Cirrus cloud thinning

Cirrus cloud thinning is a proposed form of climate engineering. Cirrus clouds are high cold ice that, like other clouds, both reflect sunlight and absorb warming infrared radiation. However, (wikipedia)


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research. (wikipedia)

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National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is the division of the United States’ NOAA/National Weather Service responsible for tracking and predicting tropical weather systems between the Prime Meridian and the (wikipedia)

Global Oscillations Network Group

The Global Oscillation Network Group is a worldwide network of six identical telescopes, designed to have 24/7 observations of the Sun. The network serves multiple purposes, (wikipedia)

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . OAR is also referred to as NOAA Research. (wikipedia)

NOAA Central Library

The NOAA Central Library is the flagship library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s network of over 20 research libraries. (wikipedia)

Solar phenomena

Solar phenomena are the natural phenomena occurring within the magnetically heated outer atmospheres in the Sun. These phenomena take many forms, including solar wind, radio wave flux, (wikipedia)