NASA On Air: NASA Probes Lifecycle Of Plankton (5/31/2016)

  • Released Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LEAD: NASA is on a mission to probe the lifecycle of plankton, especially the effects on clouds and climate.

1: Plankton are the tiniest of sea creatures, but when they multiply in what's called a 'bloom' they can be seen from space.

2: Using satellites, planes and ships NASA's 5-year mission will explore the complete life cycle of plankton.

3: Of special interest is how plankton help produce minute particles in the air that initiate cloud formation.

TAG: The indirect effects of tiny particles on clouds are the single largest uncertainty in current estimates of climate change warming models.

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