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Methane (CH4) Flux for North America L4 Daily V1 (CMS_CH4_FLX_NAD) at GES DISC

The CMS Methane (CH4) Flux for North America data set contains estimates of methane emission in North America based on an inversion of the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model constrained by Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) observations. The nested approach of the inversion enables large point sources to be resolved while aggregating regions with weak emissions and minimizing aggregation errors. The emission sources are separated into 12 different sectors as follows: Total, Oil/Gas, Coal, Cows, Waste (Landfills+ Wastewater), Biofuel, Rice, Other Anthropogenic, Biomass Burning, Wetlands, Soil Absorption, Other Natural. More details about the algorithm and error characterization can be found in Turner, Jacob, Wecht, et al. 2015. The NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) is designed to make significant contributions in characterizing, quantifying, understanding, and predicting the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks through improved monitoring of carbon stocks and fluxes. The System will use the full range of NASA satellite observations and modeling/analysis capabilities to establish the accuracy, quantitative uncertainties, and utility of products for supporting national and international policy, regulatory, and management activities. CMS will maintain a global emphasis while providing finer scale regional information, utilizing space-based and surface-based data and will rapidly initiate generation and distribution of products both for user evaluation and to inform near-term policy development and planning.

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