NEWS AND NOTES BIOSPHER E 2 To study how rain affects the ex- change of gases like carbon diox- ide across ocean surfaces, scientists dropped an impressive 2.5 inches of rain in less than two hours on the "ocean" at Columbia University's Center. Understanding Biosphere how carbon dioxide is stored, taken in, and released in oceans is important for understanding fu- ture global climate change, said John Adams, Biosphere 2's associ- ate director of public outreach. Using the biosphere ocean instead of the real ocean not only allows more control but also saves money. "It would be really expensive to do this in a real ocean," said David Ho, A researcher at the Biosphere 2 ocean retrieves a gas sampling platform a Columbia geochemist. "You set for a closer look. all this stuff up and it might not rain enough, or rain at all." Last year's similar experiment kler system. The challenge for this tubes were just the right length failed due to an inadequate sprin- year was to create drops as big as and strength to accurately stimu- late rain. real raindrops and still distribute them evenly and densely over the In March the scientists used the new
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2002
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