The analysis also recommends building new monitoring stations near cities, power plants and other large sources of greenhouse gases.
The NAS panel is also calling for NASA to resurrect a failed carbon monitoring satellite. The $280 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory, which crashed on launch last year, would collect precise measurements of CO2 output from individual cities and power plants around the world.
Rebuilding and launching a copy of the original OCO -- designed by NASA to fly for just two years -- would give scientists enough time to develop new satellites for longer-term monitoring, the report says.
Last year, Congress approved $50 million to support initial efforts to rebuild the carbon monitoring satellite, and the Obama administration has requested additional money in its fiscal 2011 budget for NASA.
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