An unprecedented 3-D view of Earth's carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide plays a significant role in trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere. This 3-D, high-resolution visualization reveals in startling detail the complex patterns in which carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, decreases and moves around the globe with the seasons and the weather over the course of September 2014 to September 2015. Scientists with NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office used data from the agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite to create this model of carbon dioxide behavior, which will help them answer questions about where to find its sources and sinks, including from human emissions, and how those may change in the future. Watch the video to see the ebb and flow of this potent greenhouse gas.