The Global Carbon Atlas gives audiences a number of ways to visualize carbon dioxide emissions and flux data, and to compare between countries and regions over time (1960 – 2012). Its products are grouped into three main categories that are intended for users with varied technical backgrounds. All products are based on current datasets and models contributed by scientists and research institutions (see Contributors).
- Outreach offers visual, educational snapshots of carbon dioxide emissions and their relationship to human development in the past, present and future.
- Emissions offers multiple ways to explore data on carbon emissions. Information is available at the global, regional and national levels with tools that allow comparison and ranking of changes over time (1960 – 2012).
- Research provides tools to create custom global and regional maps and time series of carbon fluxes from research models and datasets.
Allows users to explore, visualize and interpret national to global carbon data from both human activities and natural processes.
Inputs include data and models that have been collected from various contributors. Contributed inputs have been grouped into four main categories: fossil fuel and land use change emissions, atmospheric inversions (estimates of surface-to-atmosphere net carbon fluxes), land models (terrestrial carbon models), and ocean models.
Outputs are grouped into three main categories that are meant for users with varying levels of technical background.
Outreach – offers educational, interactive snapshots of carbon dioxide emissions in the past, present and future. Users can get a visual picture of when and where emissions have occurred, and an overview of the projected consequences of possible future atmospheric CO2 levels (e.g. sea level rise, ice cover.
Emissions – offers multiple ways to view carbon emissions data. Users can select and compare the country, region, or political grouping (e.g. OECD) of interest; the source of emissions (e.g. fossil fuels, land use change); and the units of carbon emissions (e.g. total megatonnes, tons per person). They can visualize this data in a number of ways, including as a map, chart, country ranking, and other formats at time steps from 1960 – 2012.
Research – lets users create custom global and regional maps and time series of carbon fluxes from datasets and research models. The maps display either ocean or terrestrial flux depending on the specific model(s) chosen. Users have some control in selecting the time period and averaging period of these maps and graphs, and their visual parameters (e.g. colors, legends).
The Global Carbon Atlas is a community effort under the Global Carbon Project, and is based on the contributions of many research institutions and individual scientists around the world. It was first released in November 2013, and the Global Atlas team conducts an annual update to include new or improved data and models.
The Global Carbon Project