As a part of The Vulcan Project, earlier this month Purdue released a high resolution map charting American per-capita carbon dioxide emissions. The map calculates the per-capita figure by identifying the CO2 produced in 100 Kilometer regions and then dividing that by population figures from the 2000 census (FYI-Spokane is 151 sq kilometers, or nearly 59 square miles in area). For the modeling they looked at emissions from a variety of sources including:
- Industrial sources
- Mobile sources
- Residential and Commercial Sources
Fortunately Spokane County did not make the Top 20 CO2 Emitting Counties list.
A demonstration video below shows the modeled-data for the year 2002 on an hourly basis. Browsing the map it's interesting to look at where the hotspots are. Remember, Spokane's Bike to Work Week is May 12th-16th.
- Project Vulcan [website]
- Scientists Unveil High-Res Map of the US Carbon Footprint [Wired.com]
- 8 mb Carbon Footprint High Res Map [Wired.com]