JPL Satellite Data on How Pollution Travels Highlighted in New Study

Data from NASA's Aqua satellite Data from NASA's Aqua satellite show the global transport of carbon monoxide pollution from continent to continent. Image credit: NASA JPL/AIRS Science Team
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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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