NASA Study Reveals 2018 as the Hottest Year on Record

NASA Study Reveals 2018 as the Hottest Year on Record


As all of us are aware of the fact global warming is affecting our planet. As a result, arctic is warming faster than previous estimations. To deal with the situation, it is essential to the depth of the problem we are trying to solve. A new study conducted by NASA’s scientists has revealed the accuracy of the recent global warming figures. The team used the estimation of the skin temperature of the Earth. Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder (AIRS), is a satellite-based infrared measurement system which records temperature trends from 2003 to 2017. From 1880 our planet has experienced many hot years. On Wednesday, NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) published data which revealed that 2018 was the fourth-hottest year. While the other hottest years on record are 2015, 2016, and 2017.

For the study, ready to publish in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters, compared the figures with data collected by weather stations across the world. They also used data analyzed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP). Study’s leading author, Dr. Joel Susskind, said AIRS data accompanies GISTEMP as they are at higher spatial resolution than that of GISTEMP. AIRS have more entire global coverage than GISTEMP. Both data sets reveal the earth’s surface has been warming across the globe over the period.

Gavin Schmidt, study’s co-author, said the warmest five years in the record are just the last five years. Dr. Gavin added maybe the finding highlight that data based on surface misjudging the temperature transformations taking place in the Arctic. In short, the warming happening at the poles may occur more quickly than initially estimated. As per NOAA, last year 14 natural disasters took place due to weather and climate which resulted in losses more than $1 billion. Scientists say increasing temperatures are affecting life on Earth ranging from health problems to allergies and epidemics.

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