Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
Dec 17, 2014
Modeling, Carbon Cycle
NASA scientists used an ultra-high-resolution supercomputer model to simulate how carbon dioxide moves through Earth’s atmosphere. Watch an animation of the model's output to see carbon dioxide swirling across the globe in stunning detail.
Nov 20, 2014
Carbon Cycle, Cities & Infrastructure
How do humans and the carbon cycle interact in cities? Scientists are working across disciplines to find out.
Sep 21, 2014
Scenarios, Observations, Mitigation, International, Carbon Cycle, Energy
According to the new Global Carbon Budget for 2014, carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2013 and are on track to do so again this year.
Sep 10, 2014
Oceans, Observations, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a surge in carbon dioxide levels drove the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a record high in 2013. Greenhouse gas levels rose more between 2012 and 2013 than at any time in the last 30 years.
Aug 21, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle
New NASA research shows that Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of carbon tetrachloride (CC14), an ozone-depleting chemical that was banned worldwide decades ago. According to the study, global emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons per year—approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to its banning.
Jul 2, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Carbon Cycle
Early this morning, NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2), a new science satellite that will measure Earth's output and uptake of carbon dioxide—the leading greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.
May 16, 2014
International, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
A study published recently in the journal Nature contends that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will decrease the amount of zinc and iron in certain staple crops like wheat, rice, and soybeans.
Mar 28, 2014
Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Energy
Today, delivering on an important part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House released a strategy to cut methane emissions. The strategy summarizes the sources of methane emissions, commits to new steps to cut emissions of this potent greenhouse gas, and outlines the Administration’s efforts to improve the measurement of methane emissions.
Mar 27, 2014
Oceans, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
The U.S. Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, released on March 27th, will guide research and monitoring investments to improve understanding of ocean acidification, its potential impacts on marine species and ecosystems, and adaptation and mitigation strategies.