Clouds affect both the weather and climate, and they play an important role in calculations of a changing climate. Despite obstructing the view, without clouds we would have it even hotter on earth, as they reduce the overall amount of incoming solar radiation. At SMHI, researchers are studying clouds based on satellite data.
“For many who use satellite data, the clouds are just in the way. If you are interested in obtaining satellite information on, for example, sea surface temperature or the condition of the earth's surface, then clouds can obstruct the view and make the process difficult,” says Karl-Göran Karlsson. He is a researcher at SMHI and works with the study of clouds using satellite data.