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Germantown-based Earth Networks, NIST team on greenhouse gases

GERMANTOWN — WeatherBug operator Earth Networks says it will work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a prototype of its proposed greenhouse gas monitoring network.

The Germantown-based company announced Wednesday that NIST will help build and analyze data from the prototype network. The location of the first prototype network will be determined later this year.

Earth Networks announced in January that was teaming with California’s Scripps Institution on the network, which it hopes will improve understanding of the atmospheric gases blamed for global warming. The company says only a few dozen continuous greenhouse gas observation locations currently exist, while its network will initially have 100 worldwide — including 50 in the United States.

Earth Networks says that will allow researchers to track emissions and changes over time.