New CO2 observations coming

The early part of 2009 should see the launch of two new satellite missions, both with the aim of monitoring CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

First up is the Japanese GOSAT (Global Greenhouse Observation by Satellite) mission – due for launch this Friday (23rd January). Summary information is available on BBC here and more detail at the mission website here.

[Update - GOSAT launch success]

Then later in February (23rd I think), the NASA OCO (Orbiting Carbon Observatory) mission will launch. Again a BBC summary is here and the mission website is here.