Atmospheric carbon dioxide records from sites in the NOAA/CMDL air sampling network



The sampling site on Ascension Island is operated in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and Pan American World Airways. The NOAA/CMDL flask data from Ascension Island show an increase in the annual value from 338.8 parts per million (ppm) in 1980 to 355.2 ppm in 1992, or 1.37 ppm per year. Conway et al. (1994) reported a 1.43-ppm per year mean annual growth rate during 1981?92 for all NOAA/CMDL flask sampling sites.

Atmospheric CO mixing ratios at Ascension Island show a seasonal pattern. Conway et al. (1994) found that the seasonality at Ascension Island does not appear to be affected by transport of northern air and reported the peak-to-trough seasonal amplitude for Ascension Island was 2.0 ppm for 1981?92.

Ascension Island, U.K. Territory
South Atlantic Ocean
Island seashore
7°55' S, 14°25' W
54 m above MSL

Ascension Island Graph

Monthly atmospheric CO mixing ratios at Ascension Island.

Ascension Island Table

CO mixing ratios at Ascension Island (ppm)

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Azores Trends



CITE AS: Conway, T.J., P.P. Tans, and L.S. Waterman. 1994. Atmospheric CO records from sites in the NOAA/CMDL air sampling network. In T.A. Boden, D.P. Kaiser, R.J. Sepanski, and F.W. Stoss (eds.), Trends '93: A Compendium of Data on Global Change. ORNL/CDIAC-65. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.A.

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