Field testing of MCB
We will test the MCB in a variety of atmospheric conditions to quantify its effect on cloud brightness. We expect that the test can be done using a light aircraft fitted with the MCB. Critical variables to be measured will include:
Effect of different particle sizes
The information gathered will be used to calibrate atmospheric computer models to ensure that future deployments can be correctly targeted and their effect predicted.
Estimated development cost and funding target
Computer modelling has already been carried out to quantify the likely effectiveness of marine cloud brightening and the concept is easily demonstrable from the well-studied observations of clouds forming on ship exhausts.
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Ship tracks over the Atlatic to the West of the Bay of Biscay