AbstractTo investigate secular changes in CO and CH_4, we examined monthly means of tropospheric measurements made from samples collected at 19 fixed sites in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL) global cooperative flask sampling network. The CH_4 data are available for the period 1984–1995. A somewhat shorter time series is available for CO (1989–1995). The data were analyzed to extract a consistent pattern of change in time and in latitude. The most important preliminary finding is that the patterns of CO and CH_4 change appear to resemble that of biomass burning. That is, there is maximum change during local spring in both northern and southern hemispheres. If we attribute a significant part of the change in CH_4 trend (3–6 ppb/yr) to biomass burning, the corresponding change in CO is approximately 2–5 ppb/yr. This would explain the bulk of the observed change in CO (4–7 ppb/yr).
Yung, Y. L. and Shia, C. and Herman, R. L. (1999) Is the biomass burning source of CO decreasing? Chemosphere: Global Change Science, 1 (1-3). pp. 83-90. ISSN 0045-6535. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20140819-093937810 <http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20140819-093937810>