Sometimes it is easy to forget we are all members of a unified environment on Earth and actions in one area affect many others. In this new NASA computer model, though, scientists provide a comprehensive understanding of how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels the globe. (For more information on Earth’s atmosphere, see our Earth Science modules.)
This visualization, or graphical representation of recorded data, was produced by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office. In the video you can see swirls of carbon dioxide sweep across Earth as winds disperse the greenhouse gases. You can also see the variation in carbon dioxide levels in the northern and southern hemispheres and how concentrations change when trees and plants begin absorbing the gas in the summer months.
To learn more, visit the NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
Written by Eric Dillalogue
Eric Dillalogue holds a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English. He has worked in a variety of roles from service industry management, academic libraries, and grant administration. He has taught courses on information literacy, web research, and developmental reading. Eric joined the Visionlearning team as a project manager in 2014.