Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 7755-7779, 2008
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Technical note: A geostatistical fixed-lag Kalman smoother for atmospheric inversions
A. M. Michalak
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 48109-2125, USA

Abstract. Inverse modeling methods are now commonly used for estimating surface fluxes of carbon dioxide, using atmospheric mass fraction measurements combined with a numerical atmospheric transport model. The geostatistical approach to flux estimation takes advantage of the spatial and/or temporal correlation in fluxes and does not require prior flux estimates. In this work, a geostatistical implementation of a fixed-lag Kalman smoother is developed to improve the computational efficiency of the inverse problem. This method makes it feasible to perform multi-year inversions, at fine resolutions, and with large amounts of data. The new method is applied to the recovery of global gridscale carbon dioxide fluxes for 1997 to 2001 using pseudodata representative of a subset of the NOAA-ESRL Cooperative Air Sampling Network.

Citation: Michalak, A. M.: Technical note: A geostatistical fixed-lag Kalman smoother for atmospheric inversions, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 7755-7779, doi:10.5194/acpd-8-7755-2008, 2008.
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