Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Research article
21 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2017

Global distribution of CO2 in the upper troposphere and stratosphere

Mohamadou Diallo, Bernard Legras, Eric Ray, Andreas Engel, and Juan A. Añel

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Short summary
We construct a new monthly zonal mean CO2 distribution from the upper troposphere to the stratosphere over the 2000–2010 period. The main features of the CO2 distribution are consistent with expected variability due to the transport of long-lived trace gases by the Brewer–Dobson circulation. The method used to construct this CO2 product is unique and should be useful for model and satellite validation in the upper troposphere and stratosphere.
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