A multiscale and multidisciplinary investigation of ecosystem-atmosphere CO2 exchange over the rocky mountains of colorado

Jielun Sun, Steven P. Oncley, Sean P. Burns, Britton B. Stephens, Donald H. Lenschow, Teresa Campos, Russell K. Monson, David S. Schimel, William J. Sacks, Stephan F.J. De Wekker, Chun Ta Lai, Brian Lamb, Dennis Ojima, Patrick Z. Ellsworth, Leonel S.L. Sternberg, Sharon Zhong, Craig Clements, David J.P. Moore, Dean E. Anderson, Andrew S. WattJia Hu, Mark Tschudi, Steven Aulenbach, Eugene Allwine, Teresa Coons

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A field study combined with modeling investigation demonstrated that the organization of CO2 transport by mountain terrain strongly affects the regional CO2 budget. Atmospheric dynamics can lead to complicated flows generated by inhomogeneous landscapes, topography or synoptic weather systems. The field campaign conducted of a ground deployment, the Carbon in the Mountain Experiment (CME04), and an aircraft deployment of the national Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) C-130, the Airborne Carbon in the Mountains Experiment (ACME04) over the period of spring to fall of 2004 to cover the seasonal variation of ecosystem-atmosphere carbon exchange. The role of the mountain circulation in CO2 transport can be played over seemingly flat terrain by mesoscale flows generated by various physical processes. The three dimensional observation strategy considered can also be applied over flat terrain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-230
Number of pages22
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atmospheric Science


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