Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2579–2594, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-2579-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2579–2594, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-2579-2019

Research article 02 May 2019

Research article | 02 May 2019

Potential improvements in global carbon flux estimates from a network of laser heterodyne radiometer measurements of column carbon dioxide

Paul I. Palmer et al.

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We describe the potential impact of a new, low-cost, portable ground instrument (the mini-LHR) that measures methane and carbon dioxide in the atmospheric column. This region is key in quantifying the global carbon budget but has geographical gaps in measurements left by ground-based networks and space-based observations. A deployment of 50 mini-LHRs would add new data products in the Amazon, the Arctic, and southern Asia and significantly improve knowledge of regional and global carbon budgets.