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NASA Models Methane Sources and Movement Around the Globe

NASA’s new 3-dimensional portrait of methane shows the world’s second largest contributor to greenhouse warming as it travels through the atmosphere.

Combining multiple data sets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetlands into a high-resolution computer model, researchers now have an additional tool for understanding this complex gas and its role in Earth’s carbon cycle, atmospheric composition, and climate system.

The new data visualization builds a fuller picture of the diversity of methane sources on the ground as well as the behavior of the gas as it moves through the atmosphere.

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Lead Producer:
Katie Jepson (USRA)

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Ellen T. Gray (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Lesley Ott (NASA/GSFC)
Benjamin Poulter (NASA/GSFC)
Abhishek Chatterjee (USRA)

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Trent L. Schindler (USRA)
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)

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Katie Jepson (USRA)

Katie Jepson (USRA)

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Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Chemistry
SVS >> Methane
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Chemistry
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Chemistry/Carbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds >> Methane
SVS >> Model Data
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Model Simulation

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version