Journal article

Simultaneous mass balance inverse modeling of methane and carbon monoxide

TM Butler, PJ Rayner, I Simmonds, MG Lawrence

JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 2005

Abstract

We perform a simultaneous mass-balance inversion of atmospheric methane (CH4) and carbon monoxide (CO) using measurements from the NOAA/CMDL Cooperative Air Sampling Network and a model of tropospheric transport and background chemistry over the period 1990-2000. Our method has a spatial resolution of a semihemisphere and a temporal resolution of 1 month. The deduced CO sources show relatively low interannual variability except around the major biomass burning event in 1997-1998, when we calculate an anomalous emission between July 1997 and December 1998 of 270 Tg(CO). This is enough to suppress the modeled global air mass weighted hydroxyl radical (OH) concentration during this time by 2.2%..

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