How NASA Scientists Are Turning Los Angeles Into One Big Climate-Change Lab

How NASA Scientists Are Turning Los Angeles Into One Big Climate-Change Lab

An article by John Metcalfe in the Atlantic Cities takes a detailed look at Los Angeles’ role in the Megacities Carbon Project. The article is from an essay in the ebook “City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There,” co-produced in partnership by The Atlantic Cities and Ted Books. The article also describes the California Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (CLARS). While we readily admit to some bias, we specifically like...

Picarro CO2 Mt. Wilson
A Picarro sampler sniffs the air on Mount Wilson for C02, methane and other potent climate-altering emissions. It's one of many Picarros going up around Los Angeles as part of the Megacities ground-based climate science network. (John Metcalfe)

An article by John Metcalfe in the Atlantic Cities takes a detailed look at Los Angeles’ role in the Megacities Carbon Project. The article is from an essay in the ebook “City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There,” co-produced in partnership by The Atlantic Cities and Ted Books. The article also describes the California Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (CLARS). While we readily admit to some bias, we specifically like the following passage:

 “Behind the CLARS facility is a rattling, wheezing shed that houses a Picarro, an air-sampling device that displays real-time readings of ambient gases. Sander looks concerned over a sudden spike in CO2 on the machine’s monitor, then realizes it’s simply us, exhaling. This is another component of Megacities’ full-court press: a network of a dozen or so Picarros going up this year in different L.A. neighborhoods, where they will ceaselessly inspect the air for greenhouse gas.”