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Satellite-based measurements of CO2 for carbon flux estimation
Author(s): Thomas A. Russell; William E. Sharp; Berrien Moore; Peter J. W. Rayner; Inez Fung; Donald J. Wuebbles; Edward R. Zimmer; Todd Summers; Katherine Chambers; Michael E. Dobbs; Chris Lietzke; Jeremiah Zimmermann; Mark C. Abrams
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Paper 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, compare capabilities of active and passive approaches to the measurements, and demonstrate the feasibility of high precision CO2 column concentration retrievals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4539, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VI, (31 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454430
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas A. Russell, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
William E. Sharp, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Berrien Moore, Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Peter J. W. Rayner, CSIRO (United Kingdom)
Inez Fung, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Donald J. Wuebbles, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Edward R. Zimmer, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Todd Summers, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Katherine Chambers, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Michael E. Dobbs, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Chris Lietzke, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Jeremiah Zimmermann, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Mark C. Abrams, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4539:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VI
Klaus Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky; Adolfo Comeron; Michel R. Carleer; Janet S. Fender, Editor(s)

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