A Year of Global Carbon Dioxide Measurements

  • Released Thursday, November 19th, 2015
  • Updated Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 at 12:07AM
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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 new experimental satellite, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) scientists now have a more complete picture of how Earth is changing as carbon dioxide levels rise.

Colorbar for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) measured in parts per million (ppm). Shades of red are higher amounts, whereas shades of blue are lower.

Colorbar for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) measured in parts per million (ppm). Shades of red are higher amounts, whereas shades of blue are lower.

Frame sequence of corresponding dates to overlay atop OCO-2 visualization.

Frame sequence of corresponding dates to overlay atop OCO-2 visualization.



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Datasets used in this visualization

  • Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 OCO-2 (Carbon Dioxide)

    ID: 902
    Observed Data Collected with OCO-2 NASA 9/6/14; 9/24/14; 11/3/14; 11/19/14; 12/5/14; 12/21/14; 1/25/15; 2/7/15; 2/23/25; 3/11/15; 3/27/15; 5/14/15; 6/1/15; 6/15/15; 7/1/15; 7/16/15; 8/1/15; 8/16/15

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