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CO2 Weather Movies


Animations of CO2 concentration in the free troposphere, as simulated by NOAA's ESRL CarbonTracker.

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Teaching Tips

  • Tutorial provides more info, which may be of use to the instructor to look at prior to showing in class.
  • Some guiding questions to stimulate inquiry and discussion might include the following: What time of year and what region have the highest concentrations of tropospheric CO2?; What might be some of the contributing factors?; What role does weather play in the distributing and mixing of CO2 in the atmosphere?; Why does the northern hemisphere have more variability in concentrations of CO2 than the southern hemisphere?

About the Science

  • Animated simulations based on data from the global CO2 collection network begun by Charles David Keeling in 1958 during the International Geophysical Year (IGY).
  • Animations show seasonal and regional variability of carbon dioxide emissions in recent years.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The movies are available in Quicktime and animated GIF format.
  • Quicktime files can be paused and played back with slider but animated GIF cannot.

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