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GHG emission sources and amounts: new visualisation tool

 

Digital view of man-made green house gas emissions in Europe, Africa and Asia

Digital view of man-made green house gas emissions in Europe, Africa and Asia

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).

 

16/12/09

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