Friday, 1 April 2011

Greenhouse gases: animated maps by various scientists

CO2 emissions across the US. Vulcan project animation shows daily pulses, and plumes of CO2 drifting across Canada and far across the Atlantic. Presenter: Dr Kevin Gurney, Purdue U.

More details of Vulcan hi-res map of the US are explained here.

Temperature change globally 1870-2100, by British Met Office, using IPCC's "middle-range" scenario (A1B) where alternative energy gradually replaces fossil fuels. This is not the worst case.

CO2 emissions globally, presented by Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division; the animated map starts at 2:15.

CO2 emissions in North and South America by NOAA.

Methane emissions globally increase with seasonal or other warming, by Michael Buchwitz, U of Bremen.

Nitrogen dioxide emissions globally. NASA satellite data show daily pulses of this toxic, closely linked to vehicle exhausts and coal-fired electricity.

Ocean impacts due to humans: acidification, coral reel loss, and overfishing -- by New Scientist.

Global gravity by GOCE: places that are prone to quakes and volcanic eruptions. 31-3-2011 update.

Pipelines in N. America. See the article in Low-tech magazine and Wikipedia on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

See also the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on the NASA Aqua Spacecraft which tracks CO2, CO, Methane, and black carbon; NASA scientists discuss the data trends (7 min video Jan 2009); explanation of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone in Wikipedia. The CEC's North American Environmental Atlas offers online maps; its Google Earth interactive map shows pollution from 35,000 sources.

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