Lens for the Atmosphere

Who better than NASA to release a new 3D visualization showing how carbon-dioxide moves around and is retained in our planet’s atmosphere. Drawing on data from the satellite Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has generated extremely sophisticated renderings of this greenhouse gas.

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The OCO-2, NASA’s was specifically designed to measure carbon-dioxide at regional scales, providing data to help estimate carbon-dioxide levels. Researchers now have a tool to discover more precisely, which ‘ecosystems’ (oceans, land, atmosphere) are mitigating greenhouse gas. Carbon flux (the exchange of carbon dioxide between oceans, land, and the atmosphere) can be more fully understood with these supporting visualizations helping scientists truly analyze the phenomenon.

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NASA appear to be building the tools needed to provide a more accurate picture of what’s really happening in our atmosphere. There’s a long way to go yet, however, we all hope this will prove to be a valuable step in reducing the speculation surrounding the role carbon-dioxide continues to play in the future of our planet. Check out the vid of the visualization above:

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