Watching the Planet Breath

Posted by – October 15, 2017

Based on data from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 (OCO-2), NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has produced a remarkable animation of how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is produced and absorbed over the course of a year – in essence, showing how the Earth breathes:

OCO-2 observations have been improving our understanding of CO2 sources and sinks since its launch in 2014. However, nothing lasts forever: OCO-2 was designed for a 2-year mission and will eventually fall out of orbit. NASA has proposed a highly economical solution of assembling its replacement, OCO-3, from spare parts and placing it on the International Space Station, but the administration’s current budget proposal includes no funds for OCO-3.