Visuals have more impact than words, is a common adage. Global warming is an ongoing phenomenon and we are already facing the consequences of our mad rush towards industrialization. Different environmental agencies have been spreading the message about global warming around the globe. It is easy to talk about CO2 emissions but it would be easier if we can visualize this emission.
NASA has created a computer model which shows how CO2 careens across the globe’s atmosphere in a year. Looking at the video which has been created by NASA one can clearly make out how most of the CO2 in the northern hemisphere originates in the major pollution centers across Asia, Europe and North America. We can make out how quickly the Green House gasses move across the globe. The summer and the spring season when plant life is abundant, quickly soaks up the CO2. However, the story is different when fall arrives, the CO2 levels peak.
The CO2 visualization is a creation of a computer model named GEOS-5. It was created by researchers at the NASA Goddard’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office.
The spring of 2014 the atmospheric CO2 levels peaked and exceeded 400 parts per million across most of the northern hemisphere. Before the industrial revolution the Global CO2 was 270 parts per million. The concentration of the Green house gas in the atmosphere id continuously increasing and we are already facing the consequences. We are still not fully aware of the pathways CO2 takes from emission source to the atmosphere or carbon reservoirs such as oceans and forest. Scientist are using a combination of computer models and satellite data to get a better understanding of how the CO2 affects the Global climates and ecology.