To help NOAA keep more precise tabs on exactly how much carbon is being released into the atmosphere,
"Somewhere on earth, on land, one-quarter of all our carbon emissions released through fossil fuel emissions is disappearing,"
"We really don't have a lot of data right now to understand the uptake of carbon by these terrestrial ecosystems,"
Explaining how the OCO-2 will perform its job, Wennberg added: "It measures the average amount of CO2 above a place on Earth, which is different from almost all other measurements of CO2, which are measurements in a small volume of air."
This time around, the OCO-2 will put into orbit via a Delta 2 rocket, which has an impressive track record of successful launches. This will be the second of five satellites launched by
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