Articles | Volume 11, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6855–6870, 2011
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6855–6870, 2011

Research article 18 Jul 2011

Research article | 18 Jul 2011

The CO2 release and Oxygen uptake from Fossil Fuel Emission Estimate (COFFEE) dataset: effects from varying oxidative ratios

J. Steinbach1,*, C. Gerbig1, C. Rödenbeck1, U. Karstens1, C. Minejima2,**, and H. Mukai2 J. Steinbach et al.
  • 1Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 2Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan
  • *now at: Stockholm University, Department of Applied Environmental Science, Stockholm, Sweden
  • **now at: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract. We present a global dataset of CO2 emissions and O2 uptake associated with the combustion of different fossil fuel types. To derive spatial and temporal patterns of oxygen uptake, we combined high-resolution CO2 emissions from the EDGAR (Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research) inventory with country level information on oxidative ratios, based on fossil fuel consumption data from the UN energy statistics database. The results are hourly global maps with a spatial resolution of 1°×1° for the years 1996–2008. The potential influence of spatial patterns and temporal trends in the resulting O2/CO2 emission ratios on the atmospheric oxygen signal is examined for different stations in the global measurement network, using model simulations from the global TM3 and the regional REMO transport model. For the station Hateruma Island (Japan, 24°03' N, 123°48' E), the simulated results are also compared to observations. In addition, the possibility of signals caused by variations in fuel use to be mistaken for oceanic signals is investigated using a global APO inversion.

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