December 3, 2009
What lies beneathThe planetâ€™s ability to absorb carbon dioxide is under investigation
July 31, 2009
Scientists to NASA: We Need A Reliable Way to Track Global EmissionsFrom the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) Blogs: Environmental Capital-Daily analysis of the business of the environment by The Wall Street Journa
July 17, 2009
NASA Releases Orbiting Carbon Observatory Accident SummaryPASADENA, Calif. - A NASA panel that investigated the unsuccessful Feb. 24 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, has completed its report.
April 23, 2009
Hearing: 4/22/2009: Monitoring, Measurement and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions II: The Role of Federal and Academic Research and Monitoring ProgramsDr. Michael Freilich, Director for Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration testified on 4/22/09 which also happened to be a agency wide celebration of Earth Day. To read his witness testimony, please follow the link to the science and technology page for the US House of Representatives.
April 15, 2009
NASA ponders "carbon copy" of crashed missionReplica spacecraft for monitoring carbon dioxide could fly in a couple of years if money can be found.
March 6, 2009
EARTH MONITORING: Loss of Carbon Observatory Highlights Gaps in DataWith rising temperatures altering a variety of ecological and weather systems on Earth, the current patchwork of sensors can't answer all the questions that scientists are asking. Land-based sensors have provided a conclusive picture of rising CO2 levels worldwide, for example, but researchers don't fully understand where all the carbon that humans and natural sources are pouring into the atmosphere ends up. How much is being absorbed and where?
March 4, 2009
CLIMATEWIRE: Aging climate satellites 'a real problem,' academy head tells CongressWant to know how quickly climate change will warm the Earth or how fast sea levels will rise? Don't rely on a steady stream of data from the United States' aging stable of weather and climate satellites, the president of the National Academy of Sciences told Congress yesterday.
March 3, 2009
NASA ANNOUNCES MISHAP BOARD MEMBERS FOR OCO INVESTIGATIONWASHINGTON -- NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb. 24. Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the mishap investigation board.
February 25, 2009
NASA NAMES CHAIRMAN FOR ORBITING CARBON OBSERVATORY INVESTIGATIONWASHINGTON -- NASA's Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the investigation board for the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory on Feb. 24.
February 24, 2009
OCO's Randy Pollock Shares his Thoughts After LaunchA few hours ago I had the privilege to watch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The creativity, effort and dedication of many, many people were sitting on the launch pad.
Watching the planet breathe
When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.