Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory


Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb)[1] is a NASA Venture-class Earth observation mission that will measure the carbon cycle. Rather than being a unique spacecraft, GeoCarb is an instrument that will be mounted on a commercial geostationary communication satellite operated by SES S.A., scheduled for launch around 2023.[2][3] It will be stationed over the Americas and make observations between 50° North and South latitudes. Its primary mission will be to conduct observations of vegetation health and stress, as well as observe the processes that govern the carbon exchange of carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide between the land, atmosphere, and ocean.[4][5][6]

GeoCarb is a joint collaboration between NASA's Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory; the University of Oklahoma; Colorado State University; the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center of Palo Alto, California; and SES Government Solutions of Reston, Florida.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Buis, Alan (11 January 2018). "GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas". NASA. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^ Crowell, Sean; Moore, Berrien (4–8 May 2020). The GeoCarb Mission. 22nd EGU General Assembly. ADS. Bibcode:2020EGUGA..2220213C. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  3. ^ Werner, Debra (8 May 2021). "U.S. role in global greenhouse gas constellation still up in the air". SpaceNews. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. ^ Moore III, Berrien; Crowell, Sean (11 April 2017). "Watching the planet breathe: Studying Earth's carbon cycle from space". The Conversation. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ Dean, Signe (9 December 2016). "NASA Will Launch GeoCARB To Measure Our Planet's Carbon Cycle". National Geographic. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b Cole, Steve (6 December 2016). "NASA Announces First Geostationary Vegetation, Atmospheric Carbon Mission". NASA. Retrieved 14 October 2017.

Further reading

  • Polonsky, I. N.; et al. (April 2014). "Performance of a geostationary mission, geoCARB, to measure CO
    , CH
    and CO column-averaged concentrations". Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 7 (4): 959–981. Bibcode:2014AMT.....7..959P. doi:10.5194/amt-7-959-2014.
  • Moore, Berrien III; et al. (9 June 2016). The GeoCARB Mission (PDF). 12th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space. 7-9 June 2016. Kyoto, Japan. Retrieved 14 October 2017.

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