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Orbiting Carbon ObservatoryHuman impact on the environment has produced measurable changes in the geological record since the late 1700s. Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 today may cause the global climate to depart for its natural behavior for many millenia. CO2 is the primary anthropogenic driver of climate change. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory goals are to help collect measurements of atmospheric CO2, answering questions such as why the atmospheric CO2 buildup varies annually, the roles of the oceans and land ecosystems in absorbing CO2, the roles of North American and Eurasian sinks and how these carbon sinks respond to climate change. The present carbon cycle, CO2 variability, and climate uncertainties due atmospheric CO2 uncertainties are highlighted in this presentation.
Document ID
20090019742
Document Type
Presentation
External Source(s)
Authors
Miller, Charles E. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
May 27, 2005
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
Meeting Information
Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) Symposium(Tokyo)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
orbiting carbon observatory (OCO)
carbon dioxide
CO2