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Simulating the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Distribution with a Three-Dimensional Tracer Model

  • Martin Heimann
  • Charles D. Keeling
  • Inez Y. Fung

Abstract

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations exhibit spatial and temporal variations reflecting the distribution and time dependence of various natural and anthropogenic CO2 sources and sinks at the earth’s surface. The location, magnitude, and time history of these sources and sinks are of paramount importance for global carbon cycle studies. From data obtained in a global network of suitably located CO2 monitoring stations, it appears feasible to infer at least some of the characteristics of the sources from measured atmospheric CO2 concentration data. To do so, the following two main problems have to be dealt with:

Keywords

Fossil Fuel Concentration Field Tracer Model Seasonal Signal Terrestrial Biosphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Heimann
  • Charles D. Keeling
  • Inez Y. Fung

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