LACOP: Lamont Atmospheric Carbon Observation Project


LACOP measures levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at several observation sites.

Measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide is important because of the probable influence on global warming. Carbon dioxide on land in our cities, suburbs, and country is variable and highly unknown. The way carbon dioxide is emitted, sequestered, and transported in the terrestrial system can be explored through a carbon dioxide observation network. The high resolution carbon dioxide data provides the necessary information for scientists to understand the basic physics, biology, and chemistry in the environment. This information provides society with a better understanding of the characteristics of carbon dioxide in our lives and policy makers with refined knowledge for infrastructure decisions.