Environment - Event Week 2016

30 Minutes

Helen WORDEN (NCAR, Boulder)

15 years or carbon monoxide observations from MOPITT

Published: 4 May 2016

Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) on the NASA Terra spacecraft has been measuring the global atmospheric abundance of carbon monoxide (CO) since March 2000. Carbon Monoxide is mainly produced by incomplete combustion from both natural fires and anthropogenic activities and is also a product of chemical reactions with other air pollutants. These pollution sources have a large effect on both local and downwind air quality, as well as climate change. We will show how satellite measurements of carbon monoxide are used to understand how pollution is emitted and transported globally, from large scale fires to urban sources.

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carbon monoxide, pollution, Terra, MOPITT