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Constraints on the global carbon budget from variations in total column carbon dioxide


Keppel-Aleks, Gretchen (2011) Constraints on the global carbon budget from variations in total column carbon dioxide. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


Diagnosing the patterns and trends in the flux of carbon dioxide, $\mathrm{CO_2}$, between the land or ocean and the atmosphere is necessary to predict the response of the carbon cycle to climate change. Atmospheric observations of the vertically averaged mixing ratio of $\mathrm{CO_2}$, $\langle\mathrm{CO_2}\rangle$, provide a new tool that complements existing observations of boundary layer $\mathrm{CO_2}$ in constraining surface fluxes of $\mathrm{CO_2}$. This dissertation explores how variations in $\langle\mathrm{CO_2}\rangle$ arise and how these variations can be used to estimate surface fluxes.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:climate, atmosphere, carbon dioxide, remote sensing
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Geological and Planetary Sciences
Major Option:Environmental Science and Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Wennberg, Paul O.
Thesis Committee:
  • Schneider, Tapio (chair)
  • Wennberg, Paul O.
  • Toon, Geoffrey C.
  • Bordoni, Simona
  • Yung, Yuk L.
Defense Date:20 May 2011
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05312011-112642236
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6479
Deposited By: Gretchen Aleks
Deposited On:31 Oct 2012 19:21
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 04:36

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