Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 4229–4250, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-4229-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 4229–4250, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-4229-2018

Research article 28 Mar 2018

Research article | 28 Mar 2018

Potential of European 14CO2 observation network to estimate the fossil fuel CO2 emissions via atmospheric inversions

Yilong Wang et al.

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This paper assesses the potential of atmospheric 14CO2 observations and a global inversion system to solve for fossil fuel CO2 (FFCO2) emissions in Europe. The estimate of monthly emission budgets is largely improved in high emitting regions. The results are sensitive to the observation network and the prior uncertainty. Using a high-resolution transport model and a systematic evaluation of the uncertainty in current emission inventories should improve the potential to retrieve FFCO2 emissions.
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