According to a recent research published in the
journal Nature Geoscience, stratocumulus clouds could disappear if
the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increases threefold. This
could result in steep increase (by about 8 degree Celsius) in Earth’s
temperature in addition to the global warming that comes from increased
greenhouse concentrations. This would further lead to severe climate change resulting
in worsen heat waves, droughts and flooding, increased cyclones and rise
in sea level.
Stratocumulus clouds are low-level clumps or
patches of cloud varying in colour from bright white to dark grey. They are the
most common clouds on earth. Stratocumulus clouds cover about 20% of
subtropical oceans, mostly near western seaboards such as the coasts of
California, Mexico and Peru.
Stratocumulus clouds cool and shade the earth as
they reflect they reflect incoming sunlight. This makes them important for
regulating Earth’s surface temperature.