Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5787–5809, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-5787-2020

Special issue: The Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy) (ACP/GMD inter-journal...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5787–5809, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-5787-2020

Research article 14 May 2020

Research article | 14 May 2020

Model simulations of atmospheric methane (1997–2016) and their evaluation using NOAA and AGAGE surface and IAGOS-CARIBIC aircraft observations

Peter H. Zimmermann et al.

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AR by Peter Zimmermann on behalf of the Authors (27 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Mar 2019) by Maria Kanakidou
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Apr 2019)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (11 Apr 2019) by Maria Kanakidou
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (23 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Jul 2019) by Maria Kanakidou
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Sep 2019)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (11 Sep 2019) by Maria Kanakidou
AR by Peter Zimmermann on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jan 2020) by Maria Kanakidou
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (28 Jan 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Feb 2020) by Maria Kanakidou
AR by Peter Zimmermann on behalf of the Authors (21 Feb 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Mar 2020) by Maria Kanakidou
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The atmospheric abundance of the greenhouse gas methane is determined by interacting emission sources and sinks in a dynamic global environment. In this study, its global budget from 1997 to 2016 is simulated with a general circulation model using emission estimates of 11 source categories. The model results are evaluated against 17 ground station and 320 intercontinental flight observation series. Deviations are used to re-scale the emission quantities with the aim of matching observations.
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