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Title: The Cape Town Carbon Observatory
Authors: Nickless, A
Scholes, B
Brunke, E
Keywords: Greenhouse gas emissions
Inverse modelling
Carbon Observatory project
Global Atmospheric Watch Stations
Carbon emissions
SA-ICON
Air movement
Carbon uptake
Gases
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Nickless, A, Scholes, B and Brunke, E. The Cape Town Carbon Observatory. 4th CSIR Biennial Conference: Real problems relevant solutions, CSIR, Pretoria, 9-10 October 2012
Abstract: Calculating the greenhouse gas emissions from an area is usually done by adding up all the known sources. Some can be missed, and others under-reported. But there is now a way to conduct an independent check. By measuring the concentration of gases in the air very precisely and continuously, and by knowing how the air moves over the Earth’s surface, it is possible to estimate where the gases came from, and in what quantity. This is called inverse modelling. The method has been developed and tested at the scale of the whole planet, but this does not give any national or local detail – the scales at which greenhouse gas management occurs. The Carbon Observatory project is testing whether the inverse modelling method can be applied at the scale of a large metropolitan area.
Description: 4th CSIR Biennial Conference: Real problems relevant solutions, CSIR, Pretoria, 9-10 October 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6236
Appears in Collections:South African national scientific programmes
CSIR Conference 2012
Climate change
Earth observation
Ecosystems processes & dynamics
General science, engineering & technology

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