elevated S02 levels in Wuhan China - links to coronavirus?
Hi - what an amazing resource!
I was directed to your site from a social media post about S02 emissions from specific places in china. The post was saying that the elevated levels of this specific emission might be down to them cremating bodies on a large scale due to the coronavirus!
I am trying to verify this information. It seems very dubious at first - but I was able to see the very elevated levels concentrated on Wuhan. This entire area is supposed to be on lockdown so I wouldn't expect it to be general industry. Also, the levels are VERY elevated?
As you don't have historical data available I cant see if this is anomalous or not. Maybe you could help me here by providing some historical data - say the last 12 months? (3 months?? if not maybe just 1 month?).
Also, where do you get your raw data for S02 emissions? I am assuming it's from a satellite and through an API or similar?
You can see from the image below that the levels are VERY elevated in 2 very specific locations. And Wuhan is supposed to be on full lockdown. So, at first glance, it does seem to point to something worrying. But I really want to know for sure.
I really want to try to find out if this fake news or real news - thanks in advance.!
anonymousoo last edited by
looking for the same data - would like to help analyzing historical data once you get it.
If I get it will def share...
I don't usually worry about these things but this is starting to look a bit scary!!! if you get anything interesting please let me know :)
Also been keeping my eye on these maps for a few days. s02 was insanely high before showing active fires all around Wuhan, Chengdu, and Chongquing. These are the highest I’ve seen consistently in China for days. Hope we can get some answers from an expert about this
Korina Administrator last edited by Korina
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We do not provide archive data, so unfortunately we cannot offer you data months old.
The SO2 data are obtained from NASA model GEOS-5 (find more information on NASA's website - https://so2.gsfc.nasa.gov/).
Nevertheless, I would like to point out, that Windy does only visualize the forecast of SO2 values. Therefore, unexpected activity such as burning bodies due to the coronavirus, would not be displayed on Windy. Why? Because forecasts do not predict human unexpected activities nor nature events like volcano eruption.
HolyAvenger last edited by
@Korina said in elevated S02 levels in Wuhan China - links to coronavirus?:
Nevertheless, I would like to point out, that Windy does only visualize the forecast of SO2 values.
But wouldn't that forecast be based on actual data?
Nowhere else in the world I was able to find such high/spikes of SO2.
Korina Administrator last edited by
Hi, there are indeed a high levels of SO2 and the source is being discussed. I can recommend you one interesting article about this topic on Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/China_Flu/comments/f19uc8/debunking_the_burning_bodies_sulphur_sulfur/