Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
11 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 11 Feb 2015

Recent changes in the global and regional carbon cycle: analysis of first-order diagnostics

P. J. Rayner, A. Stavert, M. Scholze, A. Ahlström, C. E. Allison, and R. M. Law


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Short summary
Recent papers suggest a slow-down in the natural uptake of anthropogenic CO2. We analyse recent trends in atmospheric concentration and known inputs to test for such a slow-down. We see, rather, an increase in uptake compared to a simple response to changing CO2 concentration. Using atmospheric models and statistical techniques we isolate this increased uptake to the northern temperate and boreal continents during summer, suggesting a stronger growing season.
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