Chemical Clouds May Be A Suitable Option to Curb Global Warming
August 6, 2017: According to the researchers from the University of Washington, the escalating rate of global warming can be curbed by the climate engineering weapon.
For this purpose, cloud brightening technique was employed, in which, salt water would be sprayed into the air creating a unique cloud. This cloud would reflect the sun’s rays.
Rob Wood, a professor of atmospheric sciences, along with other researchers, state in their essay that the small scale tests of marine cloud brightening could reveal the mystery behind the clouds and aerosols and how they can be utilized for cooling the planet.
The project has been in process for many years. During research, the researchers paired up with California Bay engineers to design a nozzle that would be strong enough to emit the salt water particles into the air.
According to author Wood, the major mystery in this research is: How much do aerosol particles cool the planet? He further added that “A controlled test would measure the extent to which we are able to alter clouds, and analyze an important component of climate models.”
This research is still in its early stage. The major uncertainty in this project is it is unknown as to how much amount of sunlight the marine clouds will reflect.
Researchers intend to produce a sprayer that will eject trillions of aerosol particles per second.
They are also determined to conduct the necessary lab tests and initiate an outdoor pilot test in a flat, coastal area that has a negligible amount of pollution. They further plan to start small-scale offshore tests.
The project is yet to receive funding from the government or other private donors.
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