Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5665–5675, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5665-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5665–5675, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5665-2017

Research article 05 May 2017

Research article | 05 May 2017

The constraint of CO2 measurements made onboard passenger aircraft on surface–atmosphere fluxes: the impact of transport model errors in vertical mixing

Shreeya Verma et al.

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The inverse modelling approach for estimating surface fluxes is based on transport models that have an imperfect representation of atmospheric processes like vertical mixing. In this paper, we show how assimilating commercial aircraft-based vertical profiles of CO2 into inverse models can help reduce error due to the transport model, thus providing more accurate estimates of surface fluxes. Further, the reduction in flux uncertainty due to aircraft profiles from the IAGOS project is quantified.
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