Articles | Volume 15, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13023-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13023-2015
Research article
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24 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 24 Nov 2015

Does GOSAT capture the true seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide?

H. Lindqvist, C. W. O'Dell, S. Basu, H. Boesch, F. Chevallier, N. Deutscher, L. Feng, B. Fisher, F. Hase, M. Inoue, R. Kivi, I. Morino, P. I. Palmer, R. Parker, M. Schneider, R. Sussmann, and Y. Yoshida

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration varies seasonally mainly due to plant photosynthesis in the Northern Hemisphere. We found that the satellite GOSAT can capture this variability from space to within 1ppm. We also found that models can differ by more than 1ppm. This implies that the satellite measurements could be useful in evaluating models and their prior estimates of carbon dioxide sources and sinks.
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