Digital view of man-made green house gas emissions in Europe, Africa and Asia
GHG emission sources and amounts: new visualisation tool
The JRC has developed a high resolution digital view of man-made green house gas (GHG) emissions for any 10 km x 10 km area in the world. Using JRC's work on emissions and Google Earth™, this new tool allows the visualisation of the levels of emissions locally from 1970 to 2005 and the identification of the main sources.
Scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) have made it possible to visualise the distribution of GHG emissions all over the world at local level through an add-on layer to Google Earth™. Their grid size is a tenth of a geographical degree of latitude by the same extension in longitude, or simplified, a square about 10 km x 10 km, roughly the size of central Paris. Data used in the visualisation come from JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency’s (PBL) Emission Database for Global Research (EDGAR), and its dataset released in May this year (EDGAR v4.0).
This application brings environmental information closer to the world’s citizens. By simply entering a city name, the amount of greenhouse gases released since 1970 can be visualized. In addition, the main sources of GHG emissions in the year 2005 can be identified: industries (fuel combustion, process and waste emissions in energy and manufacturing industries); transport (road, rail, shipping); residential fuel combustion and waste handling; and agriculture.
The visualisation shows, on the large scale, how emissions are unevenly distributed over the globe, even within countries, as well as the varying evolution of emissions in the world over time.