Satellite-derived isoprene emission estimates based on GOME-2 HCHO observations (2007-2012)

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The figure below illustrates isoprene emission estimates in 2007 obtained from the a priori MEGAN-MOHYCAN inventory (Stavrakou et al. 2014, Müller et al. 2008, Guenther et al. 2006) and from the GOME-2 based product (units are in Tg/yr)

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Monthly isoprene emissions


Daily isoprene emissions:


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Using global satellite columns of HCHO retrieved from the GOME-2/MetOp-A sensor (De Smedt et al. 2012) over 2007-2012 as constraints in the IMAGESv2 chemistry-transport model (cf. Stavrakou et al. 2013 for details on the model), we derive satellite-based estimates of isoprene on a monthly basis. These emissions are available on 0.5° resolution.


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Stavrakou, T., J.-F. Müller, M. Bauwens, I. De Smedt, M. Van Roozendael, A. Guenther, M. Wild, and X. Xia, Isoprene emissions over Asia 1979-2012 : impact of climate and land use changes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4587-4605, 2014 [pdf] [Interactive Discussion]

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