Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2991–3006, 2019

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2991–3006, 2019

Research article 07 Mar 2019

Research article | 07 Mar 2019

Characterizing uncertainties in atmospheric inversions of fossil fuel CO2 emissions in California

Kieran Brophy et al.

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We investigate potential errors and uncertainties related to the spatial and temporal prior representation of emissions and modelled atmospheric transport for the inversion of California's fossil fuel CO2 emissions. Our results indicate that uncertainties in posterior total state fossil fuel CO2 estimates arising from the choice of prior emissions or atmospheric transport model are on the order of 15 % or less for the ground-based network in California we consider.
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