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The Thin Blue Line: Observing Earth’s Atmosphere

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The atmosphere is a thin sheet of air extending from the surface of the Earth into space, it is about 60 miles thick, and constitutes less than a millionth of the Earth’s total mass, yet human beings depend upon it as a nourishing essence to their continued existence. But what exactly is the atmosphere? And more importantly how do we tell what on Earth is going on up there? In this presentation Dr Illingworth, a lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, talks about the thin blue line separating the habitable environs of Earth’s surface from the harshness of outer space, describing how scientists monitor the atmosphere using a variety of observational techniques and instrumentation.

This talk is part of the Centre for Atmospheric Science seminars, Chemistry Dept. series.

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