Scientists create road map for improving carbon estimates

Penn State researchers found that a common tool used to understand carbon dioxide fluxes, or how the gas moves between the atmosphere and ecosystems, may be overconfident because of uncertainties in the release of carbon dioxide by the combustion of fossil fuels.
Matthew Carroll, March 03, 2020
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems remove about one quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning, but much remains unknown about this important process that serves as a buffer against rising levels of heat-trapping gases, according to scientists.

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Penn State assistant research professor Sha Feng aboard a flight as part of the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America). IMAGE: THOMAS LAUVAUX

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