Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nasa solves the mystery of Earth's 'missing energy' - it's all going into the sea, says space agency

An international team of satellite experts and oceanographers have solved one of Nasa's most baffling mysteries - where the energy from the sun was going.

Two years ago, scientists at Colorado's National Centre for Atmospheric Research released a report claiming that satellite measurements of earth's heat didn't match up to ocean warming.

Now, Nasa has found the 'missing energy' - slowly warming up the sea.

Researchers had wondered, was something wrong with the way researchers tracked energy as it was absorbed from the sun and emitted back into space?

An international team of atmospheric scientists and oceanographers including Graeme Stephens of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California set out to investigate the mystery.

They used 10 years of data -- spanning 2001 to 2010 -- from Nasa's orbiting Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Experiment (CERES) instruments to measure changes in the net radiation balance at the top of Earth's atmosphere. Read More