Title: Satellite observations of atmospheric carbon: new scientific insights and their future role in the Paris Agreement

Abstract: We have an estimated carbon budget of 500 GtCO2 that is associated with a 50% chance of limiting the rise in global mean temperature to 1.5K above the pre-industrial value. We are currently exhausting that budget at a rate of 40 GtCO2/yr. These estimates rely on nature maintaining business-as-usual levels of productivity. In the case of CO2 this is associated with a progressively larger uptake process that maintains an approximately constant CO2 airborne fraction. In this presentation, I will present new insights into the carbon cycle from  satellite observations of CO2 and CH4, which will ultimately influence how well we can meet international climate targets. I will also briefly describe the embryonic CO2 Copernicus Service that describes Europe’s response to the Paris Agreement.

Speaker Information
Paul Palmer
School of Geosciences
University of Edinburgh
Alex Guenther
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 3:30pm
The Jenkins Room | Croul Hall 3101