A DATA VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE
NASA Satellite 'Sees' Carbon Dioxide http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/weekly/NASA1.pdf
Results from Giovanni and MY NASA DATA show carbon dioxide levels in different
areas of this earth. In densely populated areas (Beijing, Los Angeles, Paris, etc.) the
carbon dioxide levels can be very significant. Transportation is a major input of carbon
gases into the atmosphere. Using Eyes on the Earth, My NASA Data or Giovanni and
the links below, research the relationship of CO2 and the car industry.
After the research is complete propose a way that big cities can cut down on the CO2
output in the transportation industry. Your input will be featured along with testimony in
congress pertaining to the use of hybrid and electric cars.
Links to information needed to research CO2 and the car industry.
A. Using Giovanni to Acquire AIRS CO2 Data
To investigate the impact from CO2, globally and locally
The process for gathering data from Giovanni
Access http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni .
Choose Aqua/AIRS Monthly
Select CO2_fraction as the Parameter
Select a beginning and end date for your research. Your teacher will give you the
dates to visualize.
Select the Lat-Lon map, Time averaged Visualization pattern.
After the map has been generated look at the areas of CO2 production
B. Using MY NASA DATA TO ACQUIRE AIRS CO2 DATA
To investigate CO2 on global and local levels
The processes of investigation on MY NASA DATA
Follow the link to MY NASA DATA http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/
Choose DATA ACCESS
Choose + Live Access Server (Advanced Edition) for next step.
In Dataset, choose Atmosphere –> Air Quality -> Monthly Carbon Dioxide in
Troposphere then click NEXT
Select your View Pattern, Output, Regions, and Time. This information will be
provided by your teacher.
After viewing this information look at the areas where CO2 is present. Reflect on the cause
of the locations of the CO2. NOTE: You can also use MY NASA DATA to examine other
atmosphere gases related to air pollution.
C. Using Eyes on Earth 3D to Visualize AIRS CO2 Data
Searching for local impact from CO2 at climate.nasa.gov (3D Visualization, global
The Eyes on the Earth 3D visualization website is a straightforward, clear, and
powerful tool to visualize global concentrations of CO2.
The processes of using Climate.NASA.gov
Follow the link to http://climate.nasa.gov
At the top, click on “Experience Earth satellites in 3D.” Or on the right side under
“EXPLORE” click on “EYES ON THE EARTH 3D.”
You may be required to download an appropriate driver in order to view the link to
enter into the Eyes on the Earth program.
At the Eyes on the Earth 3D page, choose: “Launch EYES ON THE EARTH 3D”;
wait for the software to load.
At the homepage of Eyes on the Earth 3D, choose the Aqua satellite from the
menu across the top of the screen.
The result will be presented on the globe, and the speed of the satellite can be
changed along the bottom of the screen.
In the right-hand menu select the Show Data Map drop down menu selections to
select Carbon Dioxide-monthly.
The menu on the right hand side should change to have a small video in the lower
portion of the right-hand menu. Click on the play button and view the video.
Using the Show Data Map drop-down menu, select Carbon Monoxide-Last 3 Days.
The lower portion of the menu should have another video link. Click the play
button to view the video. The Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide videos are
After viewing the appropriate Aqua data, select “All” from the “Missions” menu
near the top of the screen.
On the bottom right corner there is a link titled Metropolis. Click the link to play
the game. Be sure to follow the instructions. See how well you can do!
D. Local Level CO2 Data from WDCGG
Local level data from WDCGG (World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases, regional level or
local level at ground surface)
The WDCGG is the only tool that can be used to investigate the surface level Carbon
Follow the directions below to access the WDCGG data.
Log in WDCGG http://gaw.kishou.go.jp/wdcgg/wdcgg.html
From the left column choose Data/ Quick Plot
There are many options.
We must choose our parameters, including Gas Type, Data Type, Station Type, and
Region. The parameters we will choose are as follows:
Country/Territory: United States of America
Click “Start Search”
There is a total of 24 stationary stations collecting carbon dioxide ground measurements
Choose the Barrow Station to use data from.
After this station has been selected, scroll down through the collected data types and
select CO2 flask.
From this menu we can see the CO2 data that the Barrow Station has collected. The
two columns of interest in the main data sets are the “Data” and “Quick Plot” columns.
Using the quick plot column we can view graphs of the CO2 data that has been
collected. This data can be viewed as hourly, daily and monthly collections. The
monthly collection is at the bottom of the page. A sample graph is located below.
NASA-Funded Carbon Dioxide Map of U.S.
Use this generated graph of monthly data to view the change in CO2 levels over time.