Carbon dioxide levels, east Pacific, 2003

Carbon dioxide levels, east Pacific, 2003

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Satellite images showing global carbon dioxide levels in 2003


Caption: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels centred on the eastern Pacific Rim, satellite data. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. CO2 levels vary from low (blue, 360 parts per million) through medium (yellow and orange) to high (red, 385 parts per million). Wind directions (arrows) are also shown. The CO2 levels were measured in the mid-troposphere, around eight kilometres above the Earth's surface. The levels are highest above industrialised areas (the USA, upper right) that produce CO2, and lowest over uninhabited areas (the Pacific Ocean). This image is based on data acquired in July 2003 by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite.

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