Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 47–76, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 47–76, 2017

Research article 02 Jan 2017

Research article | 02 Jan 2017

Atmospheric CO2 observations and models suggest strong carbon uptake by forests in New Zealand

Kay Steinkamp et al.

Data sets

New-Zealand-CO2-inversion: First release of the New Zealand CO2 inversion system K. Steinkamp, S. E. Mikaloff Fletcher, G. Brailsford, D. Smale, S. Moore, E. D. Keller, W. T. Baisden, H. Mukai, and B. B. Stephens

Short summary
The exchange of carbon dioxide between the land biosphere in New Zealand and the atmosphere is estimated by combining measurements of the concentration of the gas in the air with model simulations of atmospheric circulation. The results indicate that over the study period of 2011–2013, New Zealand is a larger net sink for CO2 than estimated in the National Inventory Report. Regions in the western South Island, especially those covered predominantly by forests, contribute the most to this signal.
Final-revised paper