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Measurements of carbon dioxide on very tall towers: results of the NOAA/CMDL program

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Peter S. Bakwin ,

Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US
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Pieter P. Tans,

Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US
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Dale F. Hurst,

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado, US
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Conglong Zhao

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado, US
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Abstract

Measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) mixing ratios have been carried out since 1992 on a 610-m tall communications tower in North Carolina and since 1994 on a 447-m tall tower in Wisconsin. The data provide insights into the influence of pollution (fossil fuel combustion), biological exchange, boundary layer dynamics, and advective transport on CO2 mixing ratios over the continents. In this paper, we provide an overview of the data, describe access to the data, and suggest ways in which these results could be used to improve simulations of the global carbon cycle. In particular, the data will be very useful to constrain model estimates of covariance between terrestrial ecosystem fluxes of CO2 and diurnal and seasonal variations of planetary boundary layer mixing.

How to Cite: Bakwin, P.S., Tans, P.P., Hurst, D.F. and Zhao, C., 1998. Measurements of carbon dioxide on very tall towers: results of the NOAA/CMDL program. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 50(5), pp.401–415. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v50i5.16216
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 Accepted on 22 Jun 1998            Submitted on 16 Mar 1998

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