NASA hosted a telecon today on the role carbon emissions are playing in climate change and the steps the agency is taking to answer some of the most pressing questions about our planet's future.
Currently, Earth's land cover and oceans are shouldering much of the impacts of human emissions -- about half in fact. But it's unclear if and how long that will continue. Any changes in that support system could mean even bigger changes in Earth's climate. NASA is using a number of strategies and technologies to study the problem, including ground- and space-based instruments, supercomputer simulations and field studies, but climate scientists say there's still more work to do to truly understand how carbon moves among the land, oceans and atmosphere.
Learn more about carbon, climate and NASA's ongoing research with these resources:
News and Blogs
- Feature: "A Breathing Planet, Off Balance"
- Feature: "Seven Case Studies in Carbon and Climate"
- Earth Right Now Blog
Lessons and Activities
Multimedia and Interactives
Facts and Figures
Join the Conversation
- Reddit AMA: "We're NASA scientists studying the role of carbon in our planet's climate. Ask us anything!"
- Follow @EarthVitalSigns on Twitter
- Follow NASA Climate Change on Facebook