Articles | Volume 16, issue 21
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13465-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13465-2016
Research article
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01 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 01 Nov 2016

Network design for quantifying urban CO2 emissions: assessing trade-offs between precision and network density

Alexander J. Turner, Alexis A. Shusterman, Brian C. McDonald, Virginia Teige, Robert A. Harley, and Ronald C. Cohen

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Our paper investigates the ability of different types of observational networks to estimate urban CO2 emissions. We have quantified the trade-off between precision and network density for estimating urban greenhouse gas emissions. Our results show that different observing systems may fall into noise- or site-limited regimes where reducing the uncertainty in the estimated emissions is governed by a single factor.
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