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Satellite-based measurements of CO2 for carbon flux estimation

TA Russell, W Sharp, B Moore, P Rayner, I Fung, D Wuebbles, N Zimmer, T Summers, K Chambers, M Dobbs, C Lietzke, J Zimmerman, M Abrams, K Schafer (ed.), O LadoBordowsky (ed.), A Comeron (ed.), MR Carleer (ed.), JS Fender (ed.)

REMOTE SENSING OF CLOUDS AND THE ATMOSPHERE VI | SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING | Published : 2002

Abstract

Satellite observations of atmospheric CO2 are the key to answering important questions regarding spatial and temporal variabilities of carbon sources and sinks. Global measurements sampling the air above land and oceans allow oceanic flux to be distinguished from terrestrial flux. Continuous sampling on frequent basis allows seasonal variations to be distinguished. This study quantifies the potential value of satellite-based measurements of column-integrated CO2 concentrations in terms of the carbon source/sink information that can be derived from these concentrations via inverse modeling. We discuss the utility of the carbon flux inversions in terms of both spatial and temporal resolution, ..

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