Articles | Volume 17, issue 12
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7405-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7405-2017
Review article
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20 Jun 2017
Review article |  | 20 Jun 2017

Diagnostic methods for atmospheric inversions of long-lived greenhouse gases

Anna M. Michalak, Nina A. Randazzo, and Frédéric Chevallier

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The use of inverse modeling for quantifying emissions of greenhouse gases is increasing. Estimates are very difficult to evaluate objectively, however, due to limited atmospheric observations and the lack of direct emissions measurements at compatible scales. Diagnostic tools have been proposed to partially circumvent these limitations. This paper presents the first systematic review of the scope and applicability of these tools for atmospheric inversions of long-lived greenhouse gases.
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