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Google Earth Maps Carbon In The Atmosphere
Google Earth has teamed up with science experts to help people better understand CO2 in the atmosphere through dynamic mapping.
“A better understanding of the carbon cycle has implications for energy and environmental policy and carbon management. In June 2009, Michalak described this research at the NASA Earth System Science at 20 symposium in Washington, D.C
A snapshot from Erickson’s Google Earth application shows green tracks representing carbon dioxide in the lowest part of the atmosphere close to Earth’s surface where vegetation and land processes can impact the carbon cycle. Red tracks indicate particles at higher altitudes that are immune from ground influences. The application is designed to educate the public and even scientists about how carbon dioxide emissions can be traced. A network of 1,000-foot towers across the United States is equipped with instruments by NOAA to measure the carbon dioxide content of parcels of air at single locations.”