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Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon Monoxide (CO), a poisonous, odorless and colorless gas, is produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass burning.
It is a strong greenhouse gas and contributes to global warming. It is one of the longest-lived, naturally occurring atmospheric carbon compounds. In the atmosphere CO is produced when Methane reacts with atmospheric hydroxyl(OH) in the troposphere. The recent change in tropospheric CO content may portend a change in the balance between oxidants and reductants in the atmosphere.


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GES DISC Datasets

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Click on the corresponding 'Data access' links in the table below to access products containing specific parameter.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data Products
Begin Date End Date Data Access Doc
Profile of Carbon monoxide (CO), mixing ratios at different pressure levels (ground pixel resolution) mixing ratio Aura/MLS 2004-08-08 Current ML2CO Y
Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current
AIRS Level 2 Y
Carbon Monoxide Column Density (globally gridded, daily/weekly/monthly averages) molecules/cm2 Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRS Level 3 Y
Carbon Monoxide Profile (global gridded, at equal intervals of latitude/or equal intervals of time) mixing ratio UARS/ISAMS 1991-09-26 1992-07-29 UARIS3AT Y
Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRS Level 3 Y

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