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Global Carbon Budget 2015

TitleGlobal Carbon Budget 2015
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLe Quere C, Moriarty R., Andrew R.M, Canadell J.G, Sitch S., Korsbakken J.I, Friedlingstein P., Peters G.P, Andres R.J, Boden T.A, Houghton R.A, House J.I, Keeling RF, Tans P., Arneth A., Bakker D.CE, Barbero L., Bopp L., Chang J., Chevallier F, Chini L.P, Ciais P., Fader M., Feely R.A, Gkritzalis T., Harris I., Hauck J., Ilyina T., Jain A.K, Kato E., Kitidis V., Goldewijk K.K, Koven C., Landschutzer P, Lauvset S.K, Lefevre N, Lenton A, Lima I.D, Metzl N, Millero F., Munro D.R, Murata A., Nabel J, Nakaoka S., Nojiri Y, O'Brien K., Olsen A, Ono T., Perez F.F, Pfeil B., Pierrot D., Poulter B., Rehder G., Rodenbeck C, Saito S., Schuster U, Schwinger J, Seferian R., Steinhoff T., Stocker B.D, Sutton A.J, Takahashi T, Tilbrook B., van der Laan-Luijkx I.T, van der Werf G.R, van Heuven S., Vandemark D., Viovy N., Wiltshire A., Zaehle S., Zeng N.
JournalEarth System Science Data
Date Published2016/01
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1866-3508
Accession NumberWOS:000368632100016
Keywordsatmospheric co2; co2 flux variability; cover change; dioxide emissions; earth system model; environment simulator jules; fossil-fuel combustion; interannual; land-use change; mixed-layer scheme; variability

Accurate assessment of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and their redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and terrestrial biosphere is important to better understand the global carbon cycle, support the development of climate policies, and project future climate change. Here we describe data sets and a methodology to quantify all major components of the global carbon budget, including their uncertainties, based on the combination of a range of data, algorithms, statistics, and model estimates and their interpretation by a broad scientific community. We discuss changes compared to previous estimates as well as consistency within and among components, alongside methodology and data limitations. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry (E-FF) are based on energy statistics and cement production data, while emissions from land-use change (E-LUC), mainly deforestation, are based on combined evidence from land-cover-change data, fire activity associated with deforestation, and models. The global atmospheric CO2 concentration is measured directly and its rate of growth (G(ATM)) is computed from the annual changes in concentration. The mean ocean CO2 sink (S-OCEAN) is based on observations from the 1990s, while the annual anomalies and trends are estimated with ocean models. The variability in S-OCEAN is evaluated with data products based on surveys of ocean CO2 measurements. The global residual terrestrial CO2 sink (S-LAND) is estimated by the difference of the other terms of the global carbon budget and compared to results of independent dynamic global vegetation models forced by observed climate, CO2, and land-cover change (some including nitrogen-carbon interactions). We compare the mean land and ocean fluxes and their variability to estimates from three atmospheric inverse methods for three broad latitude bands. All uncertainties are reported as +/- 1 sigma, reflecting the current capacity to characterise the annual estimates of each component of the global carbon budget. For the last decade available (20052014), E-FF was 9.0 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1) E-LUC was 0.9 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1), GATM was 4.4 +/- 0.1 GtC yr(-1), S-OCEAN was 2.6 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1), and S LAND was 3.0 +/- 0.8 GtC yr(-1). For the year 2014 alone, E FF grew to 9.8 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1), 0.6% above 2013, continuing the growth trend in these emissions, albeit at a slower rate compared to the average growth of 2.2% yr(-1) that took place during 2005-2014. Also, for 2014, E-LUC was 1.1 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1), G(ATM) was 3.9 +/- 0.2 GtC yr(-1), S-OCEAN was 2.9 +/- 0.5 GtC yr(-1), and S-LAND was 4.1 +/- 0.9 GtC yr(-1). G(ATM) was lower in 2014 compared to the past decade (2005-2014), reflecting a larger S-LAND for that year. The global atmospheric CO2 concentration reached 397.15 +/- 0.10 ppm averaged over 2014. For 2015, preliminary data indicate that the growth in E-FF will be near or slightly below zero, with a projection of 0.6 [ range of 1.6 to C 0.5] %, based on national emissions projections for China and the USA, and projections of gross domestic product corrected for recent changes in the carbon intensity of the global economy for the rest of the world. From this projection of E-FF and assumed constant E LUC for 2015, cumulative emissions of CO2 will reach about 555 +/- 55 GtC (2035 +/- 205 GtCO(2)) for 1870-2015, about 75% from E FF and 25% from E LUC. This living data update documents changes in the methods and data sets used in this new carbon budget compared with previous publications of this data set (Le Quere et al., 2015, 2014, 2013). All observations presented here can be downloaded from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (doi: 10.3334/CDIAC/GCP_2015).

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