Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Research article
19 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 19 Feb 2016

Sensitivity of simulated CO2 concentration to sub-annual variations in fossil fuel CO2 emissions

Xia Zhang, Kevin R. Gurney, Peter Rayner, David Baker, and Yu-ping Liu

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This study presents a complete exploration of the space/time effect of time variations (diurnal, weekly, monthly) in fossil fuel emission on CO2 concentration. The paper identified rectifier effect at local to regional scale that is expected from fossil fuel emission and compared to biospheric rectification, and then extends the subject to column measurement. This study demonstrates the importance of considering sub-annual fossil fuel emissions on model simulation and related studies.
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