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The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) is NASA’s first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from Space. OCO-2 will be collecting space-based global measurements of atmospheric CO2 with the precision, resolution, and coverage needed to characterize sources and sinks on regional scales. OCO-2 will also be able to quantify CO2 variability over the seasonal cycles year after year.
The Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), in partnership with the OCO-2 Project, will archive and distribute data from OCO-2. JPL is also providing high quality media on all aspects of the mission.
About the Instrument:
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is comprised of a single instrument that flies on a dedicated spacecraft.
The instrument, consisting of three high resolution grating spectrometers, makes coincident measurements of reflected sunlight in the near-infrared CO2 near 1.61 and 2.06 μm and in molecular oxygen (O2) A-Band at 0.76 μm
It will acquire precise measurements of total column atmospheric CO2.
Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2