NASA has been trying to drive home the importance of acknowledging global warming for several years now. However, the recent visualization that was released by NASA shows just how impactful the gases that escape our cities industrial plants really are. The simulation was created on a supercomputer in Maryland.
The simulation is a representation of the greenhouse gases, or more specifically CO2 emissions from May 2005 to June of 2007. The impact of the greenhouse gases is often impressive when standing alone, without computer-enhanced illustration. However, the scope of this simulation was actually 64 times as well-defined as any previous model. Which lends this project to being significantly more valuable in the science field, as well as landing far more credibility for those who use the model in further research.
The simulation actually revealed two things that really go under-discussed within the science community when it comes to global warming, and greenhouse gas emissions. First, the findings of the simulation show that the greenhouse gases that are emitted from humans, are almost exclusively emitted from the Northern Hemisphere. There is a serious discrepancy between the northern, and southern halves of the Earth, with regards to how much is being discharged into the atmosphere.
As the simulation reveals, once the greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere, it’s then the weather patterns that carry them around the globe. The United States, Europe, Asia, and then eventually the Arctic regions all see plumes of greenhouse gases cluster over them, and then roll onward, with the winds in the upper atmosphere.
The second finding from this model is that mass amounts of CO2 are actually accounted for by nature. Meaning, forests and other green vegetation takes care of our problem, temporarily, while they are in bloom. The model shows that through late spring and early summer, some of the gases tend to fade away in places that experience high-quantities of growth during that time period.
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Burning fossil fuels is the largest factor contributing to global warming and the emission of these greenhouse gases. It’s been noted that roughly 36 billion metric tons of extra carbon dioxide are sent into the atmosphere each year as a result of human burning of those fossil fuels. NASA created this simulation, as well as increasing resources to further researching global warming, and CO2 emissions to better understand what is happening in the upper-atmosphere, what the numbers are, and how we can improve.