Articles | Volume 22, issue 13
Research article
12 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 12 Jul 2022

Interannual variability in the Australian carbon cycle over 2015–2019, based on assimilation of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite data

Yohanna Villalobos, Peter J. Rayner, Jeremy D. Silver, Steven Thomas, Vanessa Haverd, Jürgen Knauer, Zoë M. Loh, Nicholas M. Deutscher, David W. T. Griffith, and David F. Pollard


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2022-15', Anonymous Referee #1, 14 Mar 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2022-15', Anonymous Referee #2, 28 Mar 2022
  • AC1: 'Comment on acp-2022-15', Yohanna Villalobos Cortes, 10 May 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Yohanna Villalobos Cortes on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 May 2022) by Tim Butler
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (30 May 2022)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Jun 2022) by Tim Butler
Short summary
We study the interannual variability in Australian carbon fluxes for 2015–2019 derived from OCO-2 satellite data. Our results suggest that Australia's semi-arid ecosystems are highly responsive to variations in climate drivers such as rainfall and temperature. We found that high rainfall and low temperatures recorded in 2016 led to an anomalous carbon sink over savanna and sparsely vegetated regions, while unprecedented dry and hot weather in 2019 led to anomalous carbon release.
Final-revised paper