Gallery: Cloud Machine Changes the Weather High Up in the Atmosphere to...


Like death and taxes, we once thought that the weather was out of our control – however technology could one day enable us to manipulate the skies above. The Cloud Machine, created by interdisciplinary artist Karolina Sobecka, is a device for weather modification. The contraption consists of a weather balloon carrying a small payload that disperses Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN), heat, and water vapor once it reaches a specific altitude. Moisture in the air condenses around the CCN, forming small clouds. Inspired by geo-engineering methods designed to create clouds to reflect solar radiation, the Cloud Machine is not only a statement on technology and how human activity changes the environment, but a possible way of combating the effects of global warming .

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  1. bthinker January 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Also the triboelectric effect in clouds not merely sun, forgot to meantion.

  2. bthinker January 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I would think keeping them away from volcanoes and plate boundries would be wise. Clouds pass energy from the sun to the earth via lightning. Lightning adds static to the ground, static into energy, energy to expansion and electron excitement. Something to consider.

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