CO2 and other trace gases



The first in a series of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) multidisciplinary colloquiums emphasizing interactions of global processes of the earth system was held at JPL (Pasadena, Calif.) on January 15, 1987. This JPL Colloquium on Global Interactions, titled “Carbon Dioxide and Other Trace Gases,” focused upon the role of the ocean and biosphere in global greenhouse warming and upon opportunities for space research missions. As illustrated in Figure 1, the spatial and time scales of this phenomenon encom-passes the globe and is of the order of 100 years. Greenhouse warming is the culmination of many phenomena interacting on different time and space scales.