Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5639-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5639-2019
Research article
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24 Oct 2019
Research article |  | 24 Oct 2019

Development of a balloon-borne instrument for CO2 vertical profile observations in the troposphere

Mai Ouchi, Yutaka Matsumi, Tomoki Nakayama, Kensaku Shimizu, Takehiko Sawada, Toshinobu Machida, Hidekazu Matsueda, Yousuke Sawa, Isamu Morino, Osamu Uchino, Tomoaki Tanaka, and Ryoichi Imasu

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A novel, practical observation system for measuring tropospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations carried by a small helium-filled balloon (CO2 sonde) has been developed for the first time. The low-cost CO2 sondes can potentially be used for frequent measurements of vertical profiles of CO2 in any parts of the world, providing useful information to understand the global and regional carbon budgets by replenishing the present sparse observation coverage.