NASA Creates View of CO2 Levels Globally

Thanks to CO2 sensors on satellites, we have the opportunity to see the daily movement of CO2 in the atmosphere over a year compressed into a 1-minute video.

A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere.

NASA CO2

A high-resolution visualization of the new combined data product – generated by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, using data from the agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite build and operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California – provides an entirely different perspective on how CO2 travels around the Earth.

The 3-D visualization reveals in startling detail the complex patterns in which carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, decreases and moves around the globe over the course of September 2014 to September 2015.

View the video full screen here.

Posted by CO2 Meter on December 26, 2016.
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