October 02, 2009
Data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua
satellite were used to create this short video showing plumes of carbon monoxide
being transported in Earth's atmosphere around the globe. These observations track
carbon monoxide at about 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) above the surface of Earth.
In the movie, carbon monoxide emissions from large fires and large urban and
industrial areas like northeastern China are visible, and are transported around
the globe by weather fronts. The video is narrated by AIRS Science Team Member
Wallace McMillan of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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