Here is a new field for budding scientists to consider. University of Louisville professor Tim Dowling studies the atmospheres of other planets to understand our own, according to the Space Daily piece, Looking To Other Worlds To Understand The Atmosphere Of Planet Earth:
He is just beginning to study Venus and how its torrid atmosphere might yield clues to global warming on our planet.
'Venus is as hot as a self-cleaning oven,' he said. 'If we can learn how greenhouse gases function in its atmosphere, we may learn more about how they work on Earth.'
Although climatic conditions on the planets in our solar system differ a great deal, Dowling is searching for a single set of principles that might apply to atmospheres on all of them. He's also working a lot more closely these days with the National Weather Service.
According to Space Daily, Professor Dowling will appear in a 13-part series, "The Universe," on The History Channel. He will be featured in a June 19 episode about Jupiter. A complete episode list for the series may be found here.
His work will also be visible on the science web site for middle school students, Science News for Kids.