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GOSAT satellite measures Earth's breathing

GOSAT satellite measures Earth's breathing

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere varies according to the season and it is now possible to measure this variation from space. Satellite measurements from five years show that the GOSAT satellite is sufficiently accurate for measuring average seasonal variation, so it can be used to examine carbon sinks and sources. The Sodankylä surface measurement station of the Finnish Meteorological Institute plays an important role in the research.

More information:

Researcher Hannakaisa Lindqvist, hannakaisa.lindqvist@fmi.fi
Senior researcher  Rigel Kivi,  tel. +29 539 2728, rigel.kivi@fmi.fi

Lindqvist, H., O'Dell, C. W., Basu, S., Boesch, H., Chevallier, F., Deutscher, N., Feng, L., Fisher, B., Hase, F., Inoue, M., Kivi, R., Morino, I., Palmer, P. I., Parker, R., Schneider, M., Sussmann, R., and Yoshida, Y.: Does GOSAT capture the true seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide?, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13023-13040, doi:10.5194/acp-15-13023-2015, 2015.


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