Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan. Ser. II
Online ISSN : 2186-9057
Print ISSN : 0026-1165
ISSN-L : 0026-1165
Notes and Correspondence
Did Atmospheric CO2 and CH4 Observation at Yonagunijima Detect Fossil-Fuel CO2 Reduction due to COVID-19 Lockdown?
Yasunori TOHJIMAYosuke NIWAKazuhiro TSUBOIKazuyuki SAITO
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2022 Volume 100 Issue 2 Pages 437-444


Synoptic-scale variabilities of atmospheric CO2 and CH4 observed at Yonagunijima (Yonaguni Island, YON, 24.47°N, 123.01°E) during winter (from January to March) in 1998–2020 were examined. The monthly mean variability ratios (ΔCO2/ΔCH4) based on correlation slopes within 24 h time windows showed a clear increasing trend, which is mainly attributed to the unprecedented increase in the fossil fuel-derived CO2 (FFCO2) emissions from China. A similar increasing trend of the ΔCO2/ΔCH4 ratio had been reported for the observation at Hateruma Island (HAT, 24.06°N, 123.81°E), located at approximately 100 km east of YON. Nevertheless, the absolute values for YON were 34 % larger than those for HAT. Additionally, the monthly average in February 2020 for YON showed no marked change, whereas that for HAT showed an abrupt considerable decrease associated with the FFCO2 emission decrease in China presumably caused by the COVID-19 lockdown. Investigating the diurnal variations, we found that the local influences were larger at YON, especially during daytime, than at HAT. Using nighttime data (20-6 LST) and a longer time window (84 h), we succeeded in reducing the local influences and the resulting monthly mean ΔCO2/ΔCH4 ratio showed considerable similarity to that observed at HAT including the abrupt decrease in February 2020. These results convinced us that the ΔCO2/ΔCH4 ratio could be successfully used to investigate the relative emission strength in the upwind region.

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