UW Scientists Use Balloons to Study Particles in the Atmosphere

Faculty at the University of Wyoming have been using research balloons that are more than 30 feet tall to study the particles trapped in a layer of the Earth's atmosphere - called stratospheric aerosol. (Photo courtesy of uwyo.edu)
Faculty at the University of Wyoming have been using research balloons that are more than 30 feet tall to study the particles trapped in a layer of the Earth's atmosphere - called stratospheric aerosol. (Photo courtesy of uwyo.edu)

Faculty at the University of Wyoming have been using research balloons that are more than 30 feet tall to study the particles trapped in a layer of the Earth's atmosphere - called stratospheric aerosol. Atmospheric scientists with the university have been seeking answers about the planet's climate by studying levels of ozone and radiation.

UW professor of atmospheric science, Terry Deschler, explains the significance of this type of research - and what makes the work done by the university so important to our understanding of the atmosphere.

Deschler says he is proud to be involved in one of the few programs in the world where studies on the particles trapped in the stratosphere are conducted with the balloons.

Wyoming is also ideal territory for this kind of research, with the lowest population of any state, clear skies and winds that naturally guide the balloons away from airports.

For more about the program and Deschler's research, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2012....

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