November 12, 2008
NASA's Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Sleuth Arrives at Launch SiteNASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch preparations.
October 7, 2008
A is for Earth from Economist.comSince the start of the industrial age, the concentration of carbon dioxide in earth's atmosphere has increased by about 25%- from 280 parts per million to over 370 parts per million. As concerns over climate change increase, scientists are being asked difficult questions about the extend to which carbon is being put into, and taken out of , the atmosphere. Precise answers to questions like these are necessary to reliably forecast changes in earth's climate. But massive gaps remain in our understanding of what happens to carbon dioxide after hit has been produced.
October 2, 2008
Phase 2 of Orbiting Carbon Observatory Field Campaign BeginsAfter 1 year of side-by-side tests at NASAâ€™s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the OCO flight instrument and the FTS, installation of the FTS mobile laboratory at the SGP site began this summer.
September 2, 2008
Happy Birthday OCO Flight InstrumentToday, 2 September, marks the 1 year anniversary of the 1st Light experiment when we recorded atmospheric spectra with the heliostat and OCO flight instrument.
August 19, 2008
Best Seller for Atmospheric Research!Best seller paper "Experimental intensity and lineshape parameters of the oxygen A-band using frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectroscopy" is holding the top spot for most downloaded paper in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.
June 1, 2008
Reef madness - LA Times Opinon sectionA greenhouse gass is killing off the world's coral by turning the oceans into an acid bath.
January 25, 2008
NASA to Launch Orbiting Carbon ObservatoryTalk of the Nation, January 25, 2008 Â· A satellite observatory designed to map the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere will be launched in 2009.
December 6, 2007
The Crucial MeasurementThe "Carbon Club" began meeting on Fridays about a decade ago, setting up shop in whatever spare meeting places it could find at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Read more of the article written by Amanda Haag which appears in the 6Dec2007 issue of NATURE....
October 23, 2007
Rate Of CO2 Rise AcceleratesRelease of CO2 due to human activity is increasing faster than ever while "carbon sinks" - CO2 uptake by oceans and land - are weakening, according to a new report (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0702737104).
August 18, 2005
Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) Delivery to AustraliaOn August 18, after a 42-day journey from the California Institute of Technology campus in Pasadena, CA, USA, the first of the OCO mission's Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) mobile laboratories arrived in Darwin, Australia.
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.