Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Modeling Carbon Dioxide Emission in North America

I found this amazing set of data anamations via Dvorak Uncensored. I wasn't profoundly surprised by the carbon dioxide production patterns, but the data presentation is fascinating. You can find a text presentation at 'Revolutionary' CO2 maps zoom in on greenhouse gas sources.

Researchers now have a better view of where carbon dioxide is being emitted thanks to Vulcan, a research project led by Kevin Gurney, an assistant professor at Purdue. This map shows where CO2 is being emitted in the continental United States in 10-kilometer grids and combines data from sources including factories, automobiles on highways and power plants. The map offers more than 100 times the detail of previous inventories of carbon dioxide. The image displays metric tons of carbon per year per grid in a logarithmic base-10 scale. (Purdue University image/Kevin Gurney)

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