The Carbon Of Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment

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The Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) is a multi-year mission conducted by NASA to obtain detailed calculations of greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane from thawing permafrost by probing deep into the frozen landscape of Alaska. For the first time, NASA scientists have been accurately recording these emission sources and rates using highly sensitive airborne sensors mounted on NASA government aircraft. NASA scientists expect to make unprecedented accurate estimates of the extent of Arctic carbon cycling impacts to the Arctic atmosphere and the local Alaskan ecology. The data results of this mission will help both NASA and global scientists better understand how the estimated rate of greenhouse gas emissions affect the rise in temperature and potential impact of Earth’s future climate near and long-term. The CARVE mission goals intend to answer important questions about Earth climate change. Ultimately, CARVE will provide an integrated set of data that will provide unprecedented experimental insights into Arctic carbon cycling. Over the last several decades, climatologists have found that Arctic regions, in particular, have been affected most ecologically, for overall global increased temperature changes resulting from greenhouse gas emissions. Landscapes in the Arctic have change dramatically over the last decade alone. As tundra has thawed earlier than seasonally normal, and Arctic ice has melted in oceans year around
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