In a bid to help people understand and properly visualize the phenomenon of atmospheric carbon dioxide change and its spread across the world, the US space agency NASA on Wednesday released a video prepared and produced by a supercomputer model that has compressed one year data of the gaseous changes in just few minutes.
In the simulation, carbon dioxide is seen spinning and shifting while the winds disperse it away from its origination point. Moreover, it is found demonstrating the varied levels of the global concentration of the greenhouse gas with the changing growth cycles of the carbon dioxide absorbing trees and plants.
Lead investigator Bill Putman, a scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said, “While the presence of carbon dioxide has dramatic global consequences, it’s fascinating to see how local emission sources and weather systems produce gradients of its concentration on a very regional scale.”
The visualization offered by NASA provides first such demonstration of the amount of carbon dioxide that moves through the atmosphere of the Earth.
The visualization was developed by the supercomputer model, known as called GEOS-5. It was created by the NASA scientists who were working at the space agency’s Goddard’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office and is also a part of the simulation, dubbed “Nature Run”.
“Simulations like this, combined with data from observations, will help improve our understanding of both human emissions of carbon dioxide and natural fluxes across the globe,” Putman said.
The simulation showed that the natural behavior of the atmosphere between May 2005 and June 2007.
The scientists used computer models along with satellite observations to prepare the stimulation in a better way with more clarity about the processes that influence the CO2 concentration.
The simulation runs with the help of NASA Center for Climate Simulation’s (NCCS) supercomputer known as Discover.
Carbon dioxide is considered to be a significant driver of climate change.
The environmentalists and climate experts have always cautioned against the serious implications of global warming and the degrading climatic conditions. The human action is mainly blamed for the high emission of greenhouse gases particularly carbon dioxide that is mainly produced by burning fossil fuels.