NASA's new 'Greenhouse Gas Center' tracks humanity's contribution to climate change

Earth, showing southern North America and South America, the planet covered in a dusty brown haze, with this red swirls over the USA.
NASA, Visualization of total carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere in 2021. (Image credit: NASA)

At the end of November, The White House shared how the Biden-Harris Administration aims to combat climate change by increasing the monitoring and measurement of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But this is not a topic for government eyes only; if you are interested in learning more about climate change and having access to this important climate data, experts say the public can now  do so through something called the  U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center.

At the 28th annual United Nations Climate Conference (COP28) on Monday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Bill Nelson, along with other government leaders, announced this hub will be a one-stop shop where people can learn more about our climate and the dangers we are facing as human-driven global warming ramps up.

"NASA data is essential to making the changes needed on the ground to protect our climate. The U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center is another way the Biden-Harris Administration is working to make critical data available to more people — from scientists running data analyses, to government officials making decisions on climate policy, to members of the public who want to understand how climate change will affect them," Nelson said in a recent agency statement. "We're bringing space to Earth to benefit communities across the country."

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Other partners include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Together, science experts from these agencies were able to create a place where members of the public, the U.S. government as well as non-profit and private sector organizations can access a variety of data, observations and computer models that monitor changes in greenhouse gases and emissions.

"A goal of the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center is to accelerate the collaborative use of Earth science data," Argyro Kavvada, center program manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, also shared in the same agency statement.  "We're working to get the right data into the hands of people who can use it to manage and track greenhouse gas emissions."

For now, users can obtain information that focuses on how human activities are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, where natural greenhouse gases originate — both in the ocean and on land — and use data taken from both aircraft and space to identify any large events associated with methane emissions. In order to continue to advance this hub, NASA leaders invite users to not only explore all of the site's tools but continuously offer feedback and ideas through its support and analysis hub beginning with the Introduction to the US GHG Center.

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Meredith Garofalo
Contributing Writer

Meredith is a regional Murrow award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and science/space correspondent. She most recently was a Freelance Meteorologist for NY 1 in New York City & the 19 First Alert Weather Team in Cleveland. A self-described "Rocket Girl," Meredith's personal and professional work has drawn recognition over the last decade, including the inaugural Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award, two special reports in News 12's Climate Special "Saving Our Shores" that won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, multiple Fair Media Council Folio & Press Club of Long Island awards for meteorology & reporting, and a Long Island Business News & NYC TV Week "40 Under 40" Award.