Articles | Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12005–12038, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12005-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12005–12038, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12005-2016

Research article 26 Sep 2016

Research article | 26 Sep 2016

Greenhouse gas simulations with a coupled meteorological and transport model: the predictability of CO2

Saroja M. Polavarapu et al.

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ED: Publish as is (13 Sep 2016) by Christoph Gerbig
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CO2 predictions are used to compute model–data mismatches when estimating surfaces fluxes using atmospheric observations together with an atmospheric transport model. By isolating the component of transport error which is due to uncertain meteorological analyses, it is demonstrated that CO2 can only be defined on large spatial scales. Thus, there is a spatial scale below which we cannot infer fluxes simply due to the fact that meteorological analyes are imperfect.
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