Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6695–6719, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6695–6719, 2019

Research article 19 Dec 2019

Research article | 19 Dec 2019

Detectability of CO2 emission plumes of cities and power plants with the Copernicus Anthropogenic CO2 Monitoring (CO2M) mission

Gerrit Kuhlmann et al.

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The Copernicus Anthropogenic CO2 Monitoring (CO2M) mission is a proposed constellation of imaging satellites with a CO2 instrument as main payload and optionally instruments for NO2, CO and aerosols. This study demonstrates the huge benefit of an NO2 instrument for detecting city plumes and weak point sources. Its main advantages are the higher signal-to-noise ratio and the lower sensitivity to clouds that significantly increases the number of observations available for quantifying CO2 emission.