Skip Navigation


Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, The University of Oklahoma website wordmark
Skip Carousel Content
Skip Side Navigation

A Tranformative Advance

Interlocking OU
NASA meatball logo
GeoCarb Logo
lockheed martin vertical logo
SES Government Solutions logo

The University of Oklahoma has partnered with NASALockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, and SES Government Solutions to develop the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb), a first-of-its-kind space Earth science mission.

A hosted payload, scientific observatory ‘GeoCarb’ will be placed on a commercial communications satellite to study Earth from more than 22,000 miles above Earth’s equator, paving the way for future low-cost, commercially enabled Earth observations.

It will be observing changes in concentrations of three key carbon gases – carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane– from day to day and year to year. This will help researchers make a major leap forward in better understanding the carbon cycle.

GeoCarb also will be measuring solar-induced-fluorescence throughout the Americas, a direct indicator of plant health and vegetation stress.

GeoCarb is a university-led mission, funded by NASA. The mission marks one of the most exceptional accomplishments in OU history.


Geocarb Manuscript Available Now for Public Review and Discussion

ACP Journal Cover

GeoCarb has released a new manuscript, The 2015-2016 Carbon Cycle as Seen from OCO-2 and the Global In Situ Network, authored by top researchers in their fields. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) has been on orbit since 2014, and its global coverage holds the potential to reveal new information about the carbon cycle through the use of top-down atmospheric inversion methods combined with column average CO2 retrievals. 

Read Full Article

GIS Day Flyer

GeoCarb Presents at Largest Earth and Space Science Gathering in the World - AGU Annual Meeting

See Event Details

Public Discussion with NASA's Jim Bridenstine Now Available for Streaming

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Visits OU Norman Campus for a Public Discussion

Watch the Video

GeoCarb Team Joins NASA's Jim Bridenstine and OU President Jim Gallogly in cutting the ribbon for the GeoCarb Project Office

OU Welcomes NASA for Dedication of GeoCarb Project Office


Watch the Video