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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7951-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7951-2018
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06 Jun 2018
Research article |  | 06 Jun 2018

The influence of 14CO2 releases from regional nuclear facilities at the Heidelberg 14CO2 sampling site (1986–2014)

Matthias Kuderer, Samuel Hammer, and Ingeborg Levin

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Atmospheric 14CO2 measurements allow for estimating the regional fossil fuel CO2 component. However, results potentially need to be corrected for 14CO2 contamination from near-by nuclear facilities (NF). Our dispersion estimates of corresponding contaminations for Heidelberg, based on differently resolved wind fields, show differences of up to a factor of 2. Estimates from highly resolved models coupled with temporally resolved 14CO2 emissions from NFs are required for more accurate results.
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