19 Jul 2022
19 Jul 2022
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Carbon dioxide cover: carbon dioxide column concentration seamlessly distributed globally during 2009–2020

Haowei Zhang1,, Boming Liu2,, Xin Ma2, Ge Han3, Qinglin Yang3, Yichi Zhang3, Tianqi Shi2, Jianye Yuan1, Wanqi Zhong2, Yanran Peng1, Jingjing Xu1, and Wei Gong1 Haowei Zhang et al.
  • 1School of Electronic Information, Wuhan University, Wuhan 473072, China
  • 2State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping, and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
  • 3School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
  • These authors contributed to the work equally and should be regarded as co-first authors.

Abstract. For carbon dioxide concentration (XCO2) distribution, the improvement of spatial and temporal resolution is very important in some scientific studies (e.g., studies of the carbon cycle and assessment of carbon emissions based on top-down theory). However, carbon sniffing satellites based on passive theory (e.g., Gosat-2, OCO-2, and OCO-3) are susceptible to cloud and aerosol interference when the data are captured. Therefore, the data collected by carbon sniffing satellites have relatively low utilization, especially in some regions where data gaps exist. Here, we present the Carbon Dioxide Coverage (CDC) dataset, an innovative theory to obtain high spatial and temporal resolution maps of XCO2 distribution by combining spatial attributes and extracted temporal attributes from the GOSAT satellite series data. This theory is divided into the following three parts. Firstly, several background values in the raw GOSAT data were removed through data pre-processing, and for spatial attributes, GOSAT satellite data gap areas were filled by combining adjacent GOSAT data and empirical Bayesian kriging (EBK) theory in the study area. Secondly, for the temporal attributes, we constructed a time profile parameter library, based on the GOSAT data of the time series to extract the temporal parameters from a specific formula at each point of the study area. Finally, for the integration of temporal and spatial information, based on the GOSAT satellite data and the populated data based on spatial attributes, we assign the temporal parameter information from the time parameter library to each pixel location in the study area, combining the transfer component analysis (TCA) theory, and then combine the assigned parameters with specific formulas to complete the prediction of XCO2 distribution. For temporal resolution, both the GOSAT_FTS_L3_V2.95 and CDC datasets are monthly-averaged resolution datasets from 2010 to 2020. And for spatial resolution, the CDC dataset is 0.25° resolution with a significant improvement compared to GOSAT_FTS_L3_V2.95 which is 2.5° resolution. And the dataset contained 136 files. Besides, for the data validation part, we used OCO-2 satellite data from 2009 to 2020 and TCCON data at mid and low latitudes, respectively. This CDC dataset and the original data from the TCCON sites were compared on a monthly-averaged scale. And the results showed that R2 was 0.9686, and RMSE was 1.3811 ppm. We also derived statistical monthly averaged XCO2 from OCO-2 data and compared it with the data set from our theory. And our evaluation index R was greater than 0.7, by comparison with OCO-2 during 2014–2020. Finally, to assess the accuracy of the algorithm, we compared the predicted results with the input data for the period of 2009–2020. And the comparison results show that the mean value of R2 is 0.93 and the mean value of RMSE is 0.53 ppm during 2010–2020. Data gaps produced by sniffer satellites are disturbed by factors such as clouds and aerosols and can be filled by this mapping technique is mentioned in this paper. This technique improves the utilization of XCO2 and the accuracy and resolution of the CDC dataset is sufficient for scientific applications. And the CDC dataset is publicly available at (Zhang et al., 2022), which is of significance for a multitude of scientific carbon research.

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Short summary
Obtaining highly accurate and high-resolution spatiotemporal maps of carbon dioxide concentration distributions is crucial for promoting the study of the carbon cycle, and carbon emissions assessed by top-down theory. The official discrete satellite data provided by Gosat-2, OCO-2, and OCO-3 have data voids and relatively low efficiency. Here, we present carbon dioxide cover dataset, an innovative methodology to obtain XCO2 maps of high spatiotemporal resolution by using satellite data.