October 1, 2014 | Corrinne

The Tibetan plateau is a long way from London, and I can't say I know much about it. But it has a big effect on our climate, which is why scientists are now taking so much notice of what's happening there.

UAVs will watch the ground, looking for changes in snow and plant coverage; tall sensor towers will sample passing clouds; and the temperature on the ground will be constantly monitored.

Keeping an eye on all these things could help us get better at predicting extreme weather, which is good news for everyone. I'm really excited that the plateau is going live!

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Because of its vast ice coverage, the Tibetan plateau is often called the 'third pole'.

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