NASA Scientists now have a better understanding of how carbon dioxide travels and spreads round our atmosphere, and indeed all over the globe. They were able to accomplish this simulation through a computer model simulation provided by ultra high resolutions obtained from NASA, and the view is quite stunning as it provides a visual illustration of how CO2 moves around our earth.
According to the explanation given by NASA: “Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse gas away from its sources. The simulation also illustrates differences in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and distinct swings in global carbon dioxide concentrations as the growth cycle of plants and trees changes with the seasons.”
Using the super computer model GEOS-5 made by scientists at the Goddard Global Modeling, NASA goes on to explain that “Scientists have made ground-based measurements of carbon dioxide for decades and in July NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite to make global, space-based carbon observations. But the simulation — the product of a new computer model that is among the highest-resolution ever created — is the first to show in such fine detail how carbon dioxide actually moves through the atmosphere.”
The lead project scientist at the Flight Center NASA Goddard Space, Bill Putman, adds that “while the presence of carbon dioxide has dramatic global consequences, it is fascinating to see how local emission sources and climate systems produce concentration gradients on a regional level. The simulations of this type, combined with observational data, will help improve our understanding of human emissions of carbon dioxide and natural flows around the world.”
The “Still in Motion” visualization simulation was used to achieve this feat, and this technology uses real data sourced from atmospheric conditions which is made up of greenhouse gases and natural or artificial particles to provide usable information on how carbon-dioxide circulates the world and aerates our environments.