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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12897-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12897-2014
Research article
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08 Dec 2014
Research article |  | 08 Dec 2014

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

J. S. Wang, S. R. Kawa, J. Eluszkiewicz, D. F. Baker, M. Mountain, J. Henderson, T. Nehrkorn, and T. S. Zaccheo

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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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