NASA Visualizes CO2 In Atmosphere In 3D

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 3:22am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Visualizes CO2 in Atmosphere in 3D
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NASA's new discovery reveals CO2 in atmosphere through a breathtaking video.

Recently NASA developed a 3D video with the help of carbon dioxide’s satellite measurements. The video shows the entire process of CO2 moving into Earth. There is 3D view showing CO2 moving around, going up and then it covering northern hemisphere.

NASA used its satellite named OCO-2, (Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2), that was launched to study CO2 in the atmosphere.

The launch started on Sep 2014 and went up to Sep 2015 for a year that was enough to observe the behavior of CO2. The observed data created 3D view of atmosphere through weather model. It is an unprecedented view taken at high resolution.

NASA scientists say that CO2 is increasing and heating our planet Earth. This heat is produced through fossil fuels when they are burned to produce energy.

According to scientists, 50 percent of manmade emissions remain in the atmosphere, 25 percent is absorbed by land, and remaining 25 percent is absorbed by ocean water. NASA Scientists are trying to discover the type of ecosystems that absorb CO2.

3D video of Carbon dioxide would help scientists answer certain questions. Scientists are trying to create new tools that can figure out, what’s going on in the atmosphere, and also what’s happening with the flux.

Though, it will take long to completely discover the phenomenon, but this 3D video is an important initial step showing presence of CO2 in the atmosphere, described by Lesley Ott, a carbon cycle scientist at NASA Goddard.

Viewers can have a look at CO2 movement that happened over their heads throughout the year. We can also see the behavior of mountains and ocean due to CO2. Both mountain ranges and ocean surface were influenced on global level, that’s a huge discovery so far.

Carbon dioxide plays a significant role in trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere. The gas is released from human activities like burning fossil fuels, and the concentration of carbon dioxide moves and changes through the seasons. Using observations from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite, scientists developed a model of the behavior of carbon in the atmosphere from Sept. 1, 2014, to Aug. 31, 2015. Scientists can use models like this one to better understand and predict where concentrations of carbon dioxide could be especially high or low, based on activity on the ground. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/K. Mersmann, M. Radcliff, producers Download this video in HD formats from NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

"It's taken us many years to pull it all together," Global Modeling and Assimilation Office chief Steven Pawson said. "The level of detail included in this dataset gives us a lot of optimism that our models and observations are beginning to give a coherent view of the carbon cycle."

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