NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 (Artist Concept)
This most recent artist’s rendering shows NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL. With atmospheric carbon dioxide now at its highest concentration in recorded history, the need to make precise, global, space-based measurements of this key greenhouse gas has never been more urgent. As carbon dioxide levels have increased, so too have uncertainties about them — we don’t yet have a clear picture of how these emissions are partitioned between Earth’s ocean, land and atmosphere, or how Earth’s forests, plants and ocean will respond to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the future. OCO-2 will address these critical questions to help us better assess the health of our warming planet.
OCO-2 is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., built the spacecraft and provides mission operations under JPL’s leadership. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The research is based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and other satellites.
NASA launched OCO-2 in 2014 to gather global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide with the resolution, precision and coverage needed to understand how this important greenhouse gas moves through the Earth system and how it changes over time.
The teleconference panelists will be:
* Michael Freilich, director, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
* Annmarie Eldering, OCO-2 deputy project scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
* Junjie Liu, research scientist, JPL
* Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
source: NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory – California Institute of Technology