Space

Data From The Space Station Demonstrates How Dust Affects Climate Change

By Aazam

Maps of the chemical composition of dust will help scientists understand which types of minerals contribute to climate change

The two new maps were created from measurements taken by the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Probe (EMIT) instrument

They show the chemical composition of the minerals covering the land surface in two regions on our planet

In dry areas such as large deserts, large amounts of dust can be shaken by winds and carried over vast distances

Depending on the chemical composition of the dust, its presence may have a warming effect, it may play a role in the progress of climate change

However, at the moment, scientists do not know what kind of dust has what kind of effect

Additionally, does all of the world's atmospheric dust combined contribute to warming or cooling

According to a senior research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, EMIT emits a mind-boggling 300,000 spectra per second

With this exceptional performance, we are on track to comprehensively map the minerals of Earth's arid regions, Green said

About 25% of Earth's land surface-in less than a year-and to achieve our climatology objectives