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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2017).
Department of Physics and Astronomy and National Centre for Earth Observation NCEO, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
Interests: remote sensing and retrieval methods of greenhouse gases; application of greenhouse gas remote sensing observations; greenhouse gas instrumentation; design of future satellite missions
The global carbon cycle plays a central role in the Earth system, but a consistent description remains one of the pre-eminent challenges in climate science. Studies of uncertainty in future climate projections suggest that “natural” carbon exchange processes are second only to physical climate sensitivity in importance. Understanding of the growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations hence requires an understanding of aggregated anthropogenic emissions and of resulting changes in the balance of natural terrestrial and ocean sinks. The global partitioning between the land and the ocean sinks is well known from measurements, however, on a regional scale, uncertainties on carbon fluxes are large and key questions are not sufficiently addressed, such as the contributions of the northern hemispheric vs. the tropical land to the global land sink. For methane (CH4), the situations is more complicated, with a large number of diverse anthropogenic and natural sources contributing to the emission of CH4 to the atmosphere. The partitioning between these sources is poorly quantified, even on a global scale, and their contributions to the observed variations in the atmospheric growth of CH4 is not well understood.
Progress in addressing these science challenges has been hampered by limitations in observations. Current surface networks provide highly accurate measurements of global atmospheric CO2 and CH4 but their distribution is sparse and uneven leaving large regions practically unobserved. Satellite observations of atmospheric CO2 and CH4 can complement observations from the surface networks promising new insights into regional carbon budgets. However, the measurements from satellites need extensive processing to extract the relevant variables, careful validation and error characterization, and the development of adequate modelling and data assimilation systems.
This Special Issue invites contributions related to past, current and future satellite missions for CO2 and CH4 with a focus on but not limited to retrieval methods, calibration and validation, related studies using aircraft or ground-based data, results from past or current satellite mission, studies using complementary data streams such as carbon monoxide or solar induced fluorescence, surface flux inversion, new satellite missions, and new instrumentation.
Dr. Hartmut Boesch
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Global carbon cycle
- Greenhouse gas remote sensing
- Greenhouse gas instrumentation
- Surface flux inversions
- Retrieval algorithms
- Satellite validation and calibration