CO2 Cops From Space

vador The French Space Agency (CNES) is working on MicroCarb, a micro satellite that will measure gas concentrations in the entire atmospheric column above every country around the globe with a precision of 1 ppm.

The satellite will carry a 4-wavelength passive infrared spectrometer. It will measure the spectral radiance of the solar radiation reflected by the planet to detect CO2 particles, as well as methane and other gases. Big as a microwave, MicroCarb will consume no more power than a 60-watt light bulb and cover the entire Earth in two weeks. Launch is planned for 2020.

At this month’s COP 21 in Paris, many participants identified the need for a global surveillance satellite network able to locate and quantify CO2 emissions. Two satellites already have been launched—the Japanese Gosat in 2009, followed by the American OCO-2 in 2014. Industry is on notice. Satellites will soon measure CO2 emissions in every region of the globe. vador

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