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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1495–1512, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1495-2019
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1495–1512, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1495-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 07 Mar 2019

Research article | 07 Mar 2019

The impact of improved aerosol priors on near-infrared measurements of carbon dioxide

Robert R. Nelson and Christopher W. O'Dell
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Accurate measurements of carbon dioxide are essential when studying climate change. In this work, we try to improve measurements of carbon dioxide from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 by using better informed aerosol priors from an atmospheric model. We find that this makes the carbon dioxide measurements slightly more accurate and that certain ways of using modeled aerosol information are more promising than others.
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