An unprecedented 3D view of CO2 spread by NASA

NASA utilized satellite measurements of carbon dioxide to make a startling new 3D video that shows how the greenhouse gas travels through Earth’s atmosphere.


The information was originated from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, which was sent in 2014 in order to measure atmospheric CO2 at the regional level. The conclusions gathered over one year (from September 2014 to September 2015) were then fused with a high-resolution weather model to provide an unprecedented 3D view.

Carbon Dioxide, which is created in high amounts by burning fossil fuels, is drastically warming up our planet. Researchers have concluded that around 50 percent of man-made emissions remain in the atmosphere while around 25 percent is absorbed by the ocean, and the rest of the 25 percent is consumed by land vegetation. And the later 25 percent is getting lower daily due to the massive deforestation happening all over the world. Understanding the relationship between the ecosystems and their CO2 absorption portions, is one of the major studies conducted by NASA, in order to identify the possible remedies to lower this amount.

By demonstrating how CO2 moves around, this new 3D representation could help climate researchers to answer some of those inquiries. Lesley Ott, a carbon cycle researcher at NASA Goddard, said in one of his announcements, “We are trying to construct the tools needed to give an accurate picture of the things happening in the atmosphere and convert it to an accurate picture of what’s happening with the flux. There’s still a long way to go, but this is a truly important and a necessary step in that chain of discoveries about carbon dioxide.”

So take a look how CO2 moves around over your head consistently, and how mountain ranges and sea streams affect the flow of carbon dioxide around the globe.

Isn’t it the best time to take some action to stop the upcoming crisis?

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