Articles | Volume 14, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12897–12914, 2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12897–12914, 2014

Research article 08 Dec 2014

Research article | 08 Dec 2014

A regional CO2 observing system simulation experiment for the ASCENDS satellite mission

J. S. Wang et al.


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ED: Publish as is (15 Oct 2014) by Monika Kopacz
Short summary
Our simulations suggest that CO2 measurements by the planned ASCENDS satellite could improve estimates of emissions and uptake by up to 50% at the weekly 1° by 1° scale, 40-75% at the annual biome scale, and 65-85% for the whole of North America. The results depend on the laser wavelength used and the assumed precision of the measurements. The resulting biome flux uncertainties, 0.01-0.06 billion tons of C per year, would satisfy one definition of mission success.
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