Tracking human emissions from space


The Copernicus Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Monitoring (CO2M) mission will be the first satellite mission to measure how much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere through human activity.

CO2M isn’t just a mission; it’s a crucial step in our commitment to understanding and mitigating climate change. It will offer unprecedented precision in monitoring carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of fossil fuel at national and regional scales.

Its data will provide the EU with a unique and independent source of information to assess the effectiveness of policy measures and to track their impact towards decarbonising Europe ahead of the next Global Stocktake set to place in 2028.

The video features interviews with Valerie Fernandez, CO2M Mission Project Manager, Yannig Durand, CO2M Payload Manager and Yasjka Meijer, CO2M Mission Scientist.

00:00 – 2:10 – Meet CO2M; Copernicus Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Monitor
2:11 – 5:11 – Measurements
5:12 – 6:42 – Revisit time and resolution
6:43 – 9:55 – Technology behind
9:56 – 12:00 – Impact on policy

Credits: ESA – European Space Agency

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  1. Great video explaining the need & technologies to monitor several atmospheric GHG (Green House Gasses). Suggestion: I believe the video needs a 15-second preface to explain (1) it is about a set of satellites by ESA, to measure & monitor GHGs. (2) it is an essential part of the solution, allowing us to monitor the actual near real-time production of GHGs across the entire Earth. (3) all data will be shared with all nations, to help assess their true progress or their insufficient efforts.

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  3. Under Paris nations are not required to include military emissions in their reporting. US military is by far largest institutional emitter in the world. It operates 800 military bases. Can co2m pull this specific polluter's data from its dataset? Thanks for your work on this critical situation.

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