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CO2 retrievals from AIRS on Aqua are now available

Atmospheric Infrared Sounder provides 7-year global observations of atmospheric CO2 concentrations

CO2 retrievals from AIRS on Aqua are now available

AIRS global CO2 concentrations, July 2009

CO2 retrievals from AIRS on Aqua are now available
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Science Team announced their CO2 product suite in a press release during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) FAll Meeting in San Francisco, December 15, 2009.  Relevant links and additional information are provided below:
CNN – NASA’s Role in Climate Change
An animation of seven years of AIRS CO2 data - ( "AIRS Mid-tropospheric CO2") appears about a minute into this video clip:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory full press release:

AIRS Press Release at the Fall AGU Meeting

Already responsible for the greatest improvement from any single instrument to weather forecasting in more than 40 years of satellite observations, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite continues to produce breakthrough science results in studies of weather, climate and greenhouse gases. Several new and recent research highlights will be presented here. Scientists have used AIRS temperature and water vapor observations to corroborate climate model predictions suggesting water vapor will greatly exacerbate – in fact, double – climate warming expected as carbon dioxide levels rise.

Participants  in the press briefing debuted a new, global data set for carbon dioxide in Earth’s middle troposphere , the first-ever release of a global carbon dioxide data set that is based solely on observations. They also highlighted the long-distance transport of another greenhouse gas--carbon monoxide.. This included recent wildfires in Southern California and effects of the annual biomass burning in the Amazon basin. Highlights from more than seven years of AIRS daily global digital video of Earth's climate system was also be presented, including data on temperature, water vapor, ozone, clouds, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane.

Thomas Pagano, project manager, Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  Pasadena, Calif.
Moustafa Chahine, science team leader, Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Eric Fetzer, hydrologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Andrew Dessler, climatologist, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Other NASA press release briefings are listed here:


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