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NASA's Carbon Monitoring System

NASA's Carbon Monitoring System

Carbon Dixoide

Initiated and directed through a 2010 Congressional Appropriation, the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) is a forward-looking initiative designed to make significant contributions in characterizing, quantifying, understanding, and predicting the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks through improved monitoring of carbon stocks and fluxes.


Next CMS Science Team Meeting will be held at Caltech

Pasadena, California
November, 2015




  News & Announcements


  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #14
    Initiative 20 x 20: 20-million-hectare land restoration efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2020
    Speakers: Sean DeWitt and Walter Vergara, Senior Manager of Global Restoration Initiative and Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute
    NASA GSFC H114, Tuesday, June 16th at Noon ET
    View Past Policy Speaker Series
  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #13
    Ocean acidification in Maryland waters
    Speaker: Eric Schwaab, Senior VP/Chief Conservation Officer of the National Aquarium
    NASA GSFC H114, Tuesday, May 26th at Noon ET
    View Past Policy Speaker Series
  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #12 RECORDING AND SLIDES
    When New Carbon Markets and New Technologies Meet
    Speakers: Kevin Townsend and Jeff Cole, Chief Commercial Officer and Vice President of Portfolio Development of Blue Source
    NASA GSFC H114, Wednesday, April 15 at Noon ET
    View Past Policy Speaker Series
  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #11 RECORDING AND SLIDES
    Using Remotely Sensed Data to Inform Chesapeake Bay Restoration Policy Decisions
    Speaker: Peter Claggett of U.S. Geographical Survey & Chesapeake Bay Program Office
    NASA GSFC H114, Tuesday, March 24 at Noon ET
  • BIPM Workshop on Global to Urban Scale Carbon Measurements [announcement]
    Date: 30 June – 1 July 2015 Venue: BIPM, Sèvres France
  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #10 RECORDING AND SLIDES
    "The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: A Transparent, Simplistic, and Cost-Effective Approach to Reducing Power Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
    Speaker: Marissa Paslick of Maryland Public Service Commission
    NASA GSFC H114, Wednesday, December 3, Noon EST
  • 2014 CMS Progress Report: NASA Carbon Monitoring System: Prototype Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification, Progress Report and Future Plans, October 2014 [PDF]
  • CMS Applications Policy Speaker Lunch Series #9 RECORDING AND SLIDES
    "Climate and Conservation: Tools and data at the scale of land use decision-making"
    Speakers: Tom Robinson & Karen Gaffney, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
    NASA GSFC H114, Thursday, November 20th, at 12pm EST (Live webcast from Sonoma County, California)
  • USDA GHG Methods Report: USDA’s report on scientific methods for entity-scale GHG inventory details
  • 2014 Proposal Selections Announced for NASA ROSES-2014: Carbon Monitoring System: Continuing Prototype Product Development, Research, and Scoping
  • Solving the Mysteries of Carbon Dioxide from The Earth Institute at Columbia University


CMS Science Theme Navigator

CMS Science Navigator

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