Articles | Volume 13, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9447–9459, 2013
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9447–9459, 2013

Research article 26 Sep 2013

Research article | 26 Sep 2013

The covariation of Northern Hemisphere summertime CO2 with surface temperature in boreal regions

D. Wunch1, P. O. Wennberg1, J. Messerschmidt1, N. C. Parazoo2,3, G. C. Toon1,2, N. M. Deutscher4, G. Keppel-Aleks5, C. M. Roehl1, J. T. Randerson5, T. Warneke4, and J. Notholt4 D. Wunch et al.
  • 1California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 2Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 3Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 4University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 5Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

Abstract. We observe significant interannual variability in the strength of the seasonal cycle drawdown in northern midlatitudes from measurements of CO2 made by the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) and the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT). This variability correlates with surface temperature in the boreal regions. Using TCCON measurements, we find that the slope of the relationship between the XCO2 seasonal cycle minima and boreal surface temperature is 1.2 ± 0.7 ppm K−1. Assimilations from CarbonTracker 2011 and CO2 simulations using the Simple Biosphere exchange Model (SiB) transported by GEOS-Chem underestimate this covariation. Both atmospheric transport and biospheric activity contribute to the observed covariation.

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