Component 2: Continental carbon budget and its driving forces ("Atmosphere")

The Atmospheric Observing System provides an integrated number at a spatial scale of about 1000 km x 1000 km.The specific objectives are as follows:

To provide the high precision, high-frequency, long-term atmospheric concentration measurements needed to invert for magnitude and variability of sources and sinks in Europe with a typical resolution of 100 km every week over best sampled areas (MO1, 4, 7).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 2.1; 2.2; 2.4; 2.5; 2.7)

To develop innovative methodologies using Carbon Cycle related tracers and isotopes to attribute the CO2 concentration in the European air shed to each of the constituent parts of the fluxes: fossil, oceanic, and terrestrial (MO8).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 2.2; 2.3; 2.5; 2.6):

To provide the data for a continental scale carbon data assimilation system (CDAS) (MO3).

Means to achieve objective (Activities 2.1 through 2.7):

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