Earth  ID: 5110

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Tagged by Source

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most prevalent greenhouse gas driving global climate change. However, its increase in the atmosphere would be even more rapid without land and ocean carbon sinks, which collectively absorb about half of human emissions every year. Advanced computer modeling techniques in NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office allow us to disentangle the influences of sources and sinks and to better understand where carbon is coming from and going to.


Visualization Credits

Andrew J Christensen (SSAI): Lead Visualizer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Mark SubbaRao (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Lesley Ott (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Helen-Nicole Kostis (USRA): Visualizer
Brenda Lopez-Silva (SSAI): Visualizer
Anansa B. Keaton-ashanti (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
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Science Paper:
Weir, B., Ott, L. E., Collatz, G. J., Kawa, S. R., Poulter, B., Chatterjee, A., Oda, T., and Pawson, S.: Bias-correcting carbon fluxes derived from land-surface satellite data for retrospective and near-real-time assimilation systems, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 9609–9628,, 2021.

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Data Used:
GEOS Carbon Dioxide
Model - GMAO
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