An incredible new video using data from a satellite and 3D modeling shows our Earth "breathing."
NASA has released incredible new video that shows a combination of satellite measurements and a supercomputer model into a 3D video that literally shows the Earth breathing. The video provides an amazing depiction of how carbon dioxide wafts and moves through the atmosphere, and the discovery could prove to be an important one as climate change becomes an increasingly serious issue.
The video shows greenhouse gases as they move over the planet, swirling over the ocean and drifting down the sides of mountain ranges. The fires of 2015 in Indonesia gave off a lot of CO2, and you can see that in the video as well, along with the huge CO2 drop as forests go from leafy green in the summer to barren in the winter.
The video, which is at the bottom of the post, provides a way for NASA’s climate models to be depicted in a useful way. It uses data from the OCO-2 satellite, which was launched two years ago and is responsible for watching carbon dioxide levels around the globe.
“A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency’s satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere,” the NASA statement reads. “Scientists have tracked the rising concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide for decades using ground-based sensors in a few places. A high-resolution visualization of the new combined data product – generated by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, using data from the agency’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite build and operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California – provides an entirely different perspective.”