Toward anthropogenic combustion emission constraints from space-based analysis of urban CO₂/CO sensitivity

AMS Citation:
Silva, S. J., A. F. Arellano, and H. M. Worden, 2013: Toward anthropogenic combustion emission constraints from space-based analysis of urban CO₂/CO sensitivity. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 4971-4976, doi:10.1002/grl.50954.
Date:2013-09-23
Resource Type:article
Title:Toward anthropogenic combustion emission constraints from space-based analysis of urban CO₂/CO sensitivity
Abstract: We explore the value of multispectral CO retrievals from NASA/Terra Measurement of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT v5), along with Atmospheric CO₂ Observations from Space (ACOSv2.9) CO2 retrievals from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT), for characterizing emissions from anthropogenic combustion. We use these satellite retrievals to analyze observed CO₂/CO enhancement ratios (ΔCO₂/ΔCO) over megacities. Since CO is coemitted with CO₂ in anthropogenic combustion, the observed ΔCO₂/ΔCO characterizes the general trend in combustion activity. Our analyses show patterns in ΔCO₂/ΔCO that correspond well with the developed/developing status of megacities, and ΔCO₂/ΔCO that agree well with available literature and emission inventories to approximately 20%. Comparisons with ΔCO₂/ΔCO derived from Total Carbon Column Observing Network measurements show similar agreement, where some of the differences in observed ΔCO₂/ΔCO are due to representativeness and limited GOSAT data. Our results imply potential constraints in anthropogenic combustion from GOSAT/MOPITT, particularly in augmenting our carbon monitoring systems.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2013 American Geophysical Union.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7d50nt6
Publisher's Version: 10.1002/grl.50954
Author(s):
  • Sam Silva
  • Avelino Arellano
  • Helen Worden - NCAR/UCAR
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