Animated CO2 Map

by Matt Ball on April 8, 2008

A group of researchers at Purdue University have created an interactive mapping site they call Vulcan that aims to track the hourly output of carbon dioxide in the United States. The system shows the byproduct of burning fossil fuels in power plants, factories and other sources at a scale that is 100 times more detailed than previous maps.

Kevin Gurney at Purdue’s Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department, is the lead on this global carbon cycle research. The Project Vulcan website contains details about the effort as well as full downloads of the data that are involved in the simulations.

View this YouTube video for simulations across the continental United States at 10 km grid resolution.

This same group is working on a mapping system called the Hestia Project, which aims to quantify carbon dioxide emissions around the globe.

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ron April 9, 2008 at 10:49 am

a couple recent studies have found that livestock contributes more to greenhouse gas production than motor vehicles. It doesn’t seem that they bothered to count that.

carboncentral April 9, 2008 at 6:54 pm

This study focused on carbon dioxide only and that component emitted by fossil fuel combustion. You are referring to methane, which this study does not attempt to quantify. Furthermore, you are mistaken regarding the comparison of methane from livestock and transport emissions of CO2. When compared on a common metric. What source are you using for your assertion?

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