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Synthetic intercomparison of satellite based CO2 sensors for the quantification of carbon sources

Satellite based CO2 retrievals, if accurate enough may significantly complement and enhance the present in situ observational network. The required accuracy level, however is very high: depending on the sensor and orbit characteristics a single column retrieval must be determined better than 1% in order to allow for a significant improvement in the determination of surface sources and sinks (Houweling et al., 2004).

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Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
PF 100164, Hans-Knöll-Strasse 10
07745 Jena
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