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Volume 11, issue 2 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1159-1179, 2018
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Research article 28 Feb 2018

Research article | 28 Feb 2018

Information content analysis: the potential for methane isotopologue retrieval from GOSAT-2

Edward Malina et al.
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We present an assessment of the predicted information content and retrieval errors for 13CH4 retrieval from the planned GOSAT-2 satellite, assuming a wide range of land surface conditions. Retrieval of this quantity may allow for estimation of methane source types (e.g. biological or non-biological) based on the δ13C metric. We conclude that GOSAT-2 can be used for this purpose (to an accuracy of 10 ‰) assuming sufficient spatial (regional) and temporal (at least monthly) averaging.
We present an assessment of the predicted information content and retrieval errors for 13CH4...