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 more on nasa.gov about this CO2 video map.

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

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)


2016 U.S. National Science Foundation NSF: The Vizzies Visualization Challenge – Interactive
2015 CaGIS Map Design Competition: Interactive Digital
2015 Avenza Award for Electronic Mapping Highly Commended (2nd place) by the British Cartographic Society

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

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

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