Carbon Cycle Live Shots

  • Released Thursday, November 19, 2015

Carbon dioxide is vital for life on Earth, but an overload of the greenhouse gas is driving one of the most serious problems facing our planet: climate change. With NASA’s fleet of satellites including NASA’s new experimental Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), scientists now have a more complete picture of how Earth is changing as carbon dioxide levels rise.

Join NASA scientists on Friday, Nov. 20th from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST and again from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST to see NASA’s first-ever global view tracking carbon dioxide levels all the way from the top of the atmosphere to Earth’s surface. Find out how these results are helping us understand how humans are changing the climate, and what it means for our future. Rising levels of carbon dioxide, which acts as a blanket trapping heat in our atmosphere, are already causing major changes to our climate -- from rising sea levels to the fact that 10 of the warmest years on record happened in the last 15 years.

For more information see:
"A Breathing Planet, Off Balance."

Additional videos of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite.

B-roll for Carbon Live Shot includes:


Beauty animation of OCO2 satellite

NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) temperature data, shows warming


Data from new OCO2 satellite


Yearly cycle of Earth’s biosphere


Fleet of NASA’s earth observing satellites

Carbon dioxide model


NASA URL and twitter


OCO beauty animation longer version


NASA video from a recent ground campaign in Greenland

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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