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Using tiny satellites to monitor harmful gases from space (op-ed)

Steve Love is a physicist and remote sensing instrumentation scientist in the Space and Remote Sensing group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This effort was made possible through an award from NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office’s In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technology (InVEST) program, and by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Los Alamos. Love contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Earth’s atmosphere is mostly composed of nitrogen and oxygen, but dilute trace gases, both from natural sources and human activities, play an important role in the environment, climate and human health. These gases include the more than 50 billion tons of greenhouse gases the world collectively emits into the atmosphere every year, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and others.  

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