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CARVE: L2 Atmospheric Gas Concentrations, Airborne Flasks, Alaska, 2012-2015

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Data setCARVE: L2 Atmospheric Gas Concentrations, Airborne Flasks, Alaska, 2012-2015
DOI10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1404
Release date2016-11-17
ProjectCarbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment
Time Period2012-05-23 to 2015-11-12

Description

This data set provides atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO), molecular hydrogen (H2), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and other trace gas mole fractions (i.e. "concentrations") from airborne campaigns over the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic for the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE). The CARVE flight campaigns took place from 2012 to 2015 between the months of March and November to enable investigation of both seasonal and inter-annual variability in atmospheric gas abundances. The data were derived from laboratory measurements of whole air samples collected by a Programmable Flask Package (PFP) onboard the CARVE aircraft. Air samples were collected at strategic intervals to coincide with the overflight of a ground site of interest, or when interesting geophysical conditions were encountered. While most of these samples were collected near the surface in the planetary boundary layer (PBL), on almost every flight samples were also collected in the free troposphere. A minimum of 12 flask samples were collected per flight. Whole air samples collected in the PFPs were analyzed on automated systems at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Monitoring Division in Boulder, CO, which also analyzes samples from the NOAA/ESRL Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. The measurements included in this data set are crucial for understanding changes in Arctic carbon cycling and the potential threats posed by thawing of Arctic permafrost.

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Citation

Sweeney, C., J.B. Miller, A. Karion, S.J. Dinardo, and C.E. Miller. 2016. CARVE: L2 Atmospheric Gas Concentrations, Airborne Flasks, Alaska, 2012-2015. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1404
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Project

Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment: The Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) is a NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder Mission. From 2011 to 2015, CARVE collected airborne measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide and relevant land surface parameters in the Alaskan Arctic. Continuous ground-based measurements provide temporal and regional context as well as calibration for CARVE airborne measurements. CARVE provides an integrated set of greenhouse gas data that provides experimental insights into Arctic carbon cycling.

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDatesLatitudeLongitude
carve_Flask_L2_b23_20121001_20160807204049.nc 5.0 MB 2012-05-23 - 2012-10-02 71.50N To 60.32N144.05W To 164.39W
carve_Flask_L2_b23_20131026_20160807204353.nc 5.1 MB 2013-04-02 - 2013-10-26 71.28N To 42.76N106.29W To 166.93W
carve_Flask_L2_b23_20141109_20160807204513.nc 5.1 MB 2014-04-24 - 2014-11-09 71.28N To 35.20N118.97W To 167.48W
carve_Flask_L2_b23_20151112_20160807204557.nc 7.0 MB 2015-02-04 - 2015-11-12 71.29N To 35.15N118.85W To 167.38W

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