Effects of carbon dioxide on the upper atmosphere
Solomon, Stanley C. High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.
- CO2 levels
- Solar cycle
- Changes in the ionosphere
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Human activity has caused subtle changes in the Earth's atmosphere over the past several decades due to increased emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). These anthropogenic changes in greenhouse gases have the potential for increasing the temperature in the lower atmosphere due to their ability to absorb infrared radiation. The far-reaching consequences of these changes are now being seen at extremely high altitudes in the outer atmosphere of the Earth, especially in the thermosphere, the high-temperature, near-vacuum region 90–500 km, which is where many satellites are in orbit.
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