Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4345–4365, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4345-2019

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Special issue: Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project (ACP/AMT...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4345–4365, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4345-2019

Research article 04 Apr 2019

Research article | 04 Apr 2019

Quantifying the UK's carbon dioxide flux: an atmospheric inverse modelling approach using a regional measurement network

Emily D. White et al.

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Understanding carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes from the terrestrial biosphere on a national scale is important for evaluating land use strategies to mitigate climate change. We estimate emissions of CO2 from the UK biosphere using atmospheric data in a top-down approach. Our findings show that bottom-up estimates from models of biospheric fluxes overestimate the amount of CO2 uptake in summer. This suggests these models wrongly estimate or omit key processes, e.g. land disturbance due to harvest.
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