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Observing the continental-scale carbon balance: assessment of sampling complementarity and redundancy in a terrestrial assimilation system by means of quantitative network design

T Kaminski, PJ Rayner, M Vossbeck, M Scholze, E Koffi



This paper investigates the relationship between the heterogeneity of the terrestrial carbon cycle and the optimal design of observing networks to constrain it. We combine the methods of quantitative network design and carbon-cycle data assimilation to a hierarchy of increasingly heterogeneous descriptions of the European terrestrial biosphere as indicated by increasing diversity of plant functional types. We employ three types of observations, flask measurements of CO2 concentrations, continuous measurements of CO 2 and pointwise measurements of CO 2 flux. We show that flux measurements are extremely efficient for relatively homogeneous situations but not robust against increasing or unknow..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Han Dolman and Antoon Meesters as well as Christoph Gerbig for their reviewer comments and Dietrich Feist for his interactive comment. These comments improved the manuscript significantly. This work was supported in part by the European Community within the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development under contract no. 026188. PR is in receipt of an ARC Professorial Fellowship (DP1096309).