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Global Transport of Black Carbon

Tiny air pollution particles commonly called soot, but also known as black carbon, are in the air and on the move throughout our planet. Black carbon enters the air when fossil fuels and biofuels, such as coal, wood, and diesel are burned. Since black carbon readily absorbs heat from sunlight, the particles can affect Earth's climate, especially on a regional scale. Though global distribution of soot remains difficult to measure, NASA researchers use satellite data and computer models to better understand how these short-lived particles influence Earth's climate, cryosphere, and clouds. This scientific data visualization uses data from the GEOS5 GOCART climate model to show black carbon's atmospheric concentration from August to November in 2009.



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This visualziation was created in support of a presentation at the Fall 2009 American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Fransisco, CA.

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Black carbon visualization without colorbar overlay    Black carbon visualization without colorbar overlay
Duration: 48.0 seconds
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Black carbon visualization with colorbar overlay    Black carbon visualization with colorbar overlay
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Black carbon colorbar: Aerosol Optical Thickness ranging non-linearly from 0.002 (transparent) to 0.02 (purple) 0.2 (whte)
   Black carbon colorbar: Aerosol Optical Thickness ranging non-linearly from 0.002 (transparent) to 0.02 (purple) 0.2 (whte)

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Black crabon over the Tibetan Plateau on August 3, 2009    Black crabon over the Tibetan Plateau on August 3, 2009

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Black carbon over the Tibetan Plateau on September 26, 2009    Black carbon over the Tibetan Plateau on September 26, 2009

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Black carbon over the Tibetan Plateau on November 18, 2009    Black carbon over the Tibetan Plateau on November 18, 2009

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Black carbon on September 26, 2009 - global view    Black carbon on September 26, 2009 - global view

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3665
Animation Number:3665
Completed:2009-12-04
Animators:Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
Producer:Maria Frostic (UMBC)
Scientist:William K. Lau (NASA/GSFC)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model (08/01/2009 to 11/19/2009)
 Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation (1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004)
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.
 
Keywords:
SVS >> Carbon Release
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Climate Change
SVS >> Black Carbon
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Atmosphere >> Winds >> Circulation
SVS >> Pollution >> Distribution
SVS >> Fossil Fuels
 
 


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