Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Research article
03 May 2017
Research article |  | 03 May 2017

How can mountaintop CO2 observations be used to constrain regional carbon fluxes?

John C. Lin, Derek V. Mallia, Dien Wu, and Britton B. Stephens


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AR by John Lin on behalf of the Authors (08 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Mar 2017) by Ronald Cohen
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 Mar 2017)
ED: Publish as is (26 Mar 2017) by Ronald Cohen
Short summary
Mountainous areas can potentially serve as regions where the key greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), can be absorbed from the atmosphere by vegetation, through photosynthesis. Variations in atmospheric CO2 can be used to understand the amount of biospheric fluxes in general. However, CO2 measured in mountains can be difficult to interpret due to the impact from complex atmospheric flows. We show how mountaintop CO2 data can be interpreted by carrying out a series of atmospheric simulations.
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