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Sourish Basu, Sander Houweling, Wouter Peters, Colm Sweeney, Toshinobu Machida, Shamil Maksyutov, Prabir K. Patra, Ryu Saito, Frederic Chevallier, Yosuke Niwa, Hidekazu Matsueda and Yousuke Sawa The seasonal cycle amplitude of total column CO2: Factors behind the model-observation mismatch Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012) 116

Article first published online: 15 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1029/2011JD016124

Key Points

  • Seasonal cycle of total column CO2 is underestimated by models
  • The underestimation arises from both models and observations
  • The understimation needs to be fixed to assimilate satellite data

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