Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4009–4033, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4009-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4009–4033, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4009-2020

Research article 24 Jul 2020

Research article | 24 Jul 2020

On the performance of satellite-based observations of XCO2 in capturing the NOAA Carbon Tracker model and ground-based flask observations over Africa's land mass

Anteneh Getachew Mengistu and Gizaw Mengistu Tsidu

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This paper assesses the performance of observed XCO2 from the GOSAT and OCO-2 satellites in capturing simulated XCO2 from the NOAA Carbon Tracker model over Africa. These satellite observations and Carbon Tracker mixing ratios near the surface are also compared to available in situ CO2 flask data from Assekrem, Algeria; Mt. Kenya; Gobabeb, Namibia; and Cape Town; as well as to data off the coast at Seychelles, Ascension Island, and at Izana, Tenerife.