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NASA researchers set up shop on tiny Lake Superior island

Granite Island
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NASA researchers have cast their eyes on a little island in Lake Superior that sits about 12 miles northwest of Marquette.

Granite Island has been chosen as a site for NASA research that could help scientists better understand the way clouds and aerosol particles in the atmosphere affect global climate change.

NASA is working with Northern Michigan University on the project.

John Lenters is a research associate at Northern Michigan University. He joined Stateside to talk about why the Granite Island site is so important.

“We really need a better network of measurements of radiation at the earth’s surface to understand the effects of clouds and aerosols,” he explained 

Listen above to hear Lenters explain the importance of understanding the amount of solar radiation hitting the earth, how measurements taken on Granite Island will contribute to this research, and what it tells us about global climate change.

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