A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2

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A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2

This interactive map is currently not available for Internet Explorer. Please use a recent version of Firefox or Google Chrome, or see the original version of the carbon dioxide map at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center website.

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Click play to start.

To navigate in time, click on the circle on the left.

To adjust the center of the map, click and drag on the map.

To zoom in and out, use the scroll wheel or the slider on the right.

To navigate in time, tap on the circle on the left.

To zoom in and out, tap the slider on the right.

To navigate in time, click on the circle on the left.
To adjust the center of the map, click and drag on the map.
To zoom in and out, use the scroll wheel or the slider on the right.
Double-click the map to zoom in.

Read our open access article in the Journal of Maps about interactive video maps and how this map was created. Read more on nasa.gov about the CO2 model.


Interactive video map by Bernhard Jenny, Bojan Šavrič, Johannes Liem of the Cartography and Geovisualization Group, Oregon State University.

Video by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
William M. Putman (NASA), Kayvon Sharghi (USRA), Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.), Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems)

Code on GitHub
This map projection shows all areas with correct relative size.
© 27 Dec 2014, minor updates 8 Jan 2016, 19 Sep 2016, 11 Mar 2017.



This video map has received the following awards:


Read our open access article in the Journal of Maps about interactive video maps and how this map was created.

A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2



Carbon Dioxide Column Concentration (ppmv)

377 379 381 383 385 387 389 391 393 395

Carbon Monoxide Column Abundance (1.0e18 molec cm-2)

0.0 0.6 1.2 1.8 2.4 3 3.6 4.2 4.8 5.4 6.0