Annual Migrations of North American Centroids of Carbon Emissions from Fossil Fuels – What Do They Reveal About Causes and Future Trends?
J. Gregg1, R.J. Andres2 and T.J. Blasing2
1University of Maryland, , ; 301-807-9855, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Mapping seasonal and regional components of North American fossil-fuel carbon emissions provides clues as to causes and potential future changes in some anthropogenic aspects of the overall carbon cycle. Gregg et al. (2009) have calculated monthly carbon emissions from fossil fuels in Mexico and from each state/province in Canada and the United States to facilitate studies of the changing North American carbon budget. Their report includes a figure (reproduced in modified form as Fig. 1, below) showing the seasonal migrations of the centroids of carbon emissions from coal, oil, natural gas, and total fossil fuel combustion on the North American continent. Here we explore how these migrations reflect seasonal changes in geographical patterns of energy supply, demand, and resulting carbon emissions in various regions of the continent. By providing insights on important variables to monitor, the results should be useful to policy makers and planners as well as carbon-cycle modelers.
Reference: Gregg, J.S., L.M. Losey, R.J. Andres, T.J. Blasing and G. Marland. (2009). The Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Fossil-Fuel Use in North America. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48(12) 2528-2542.