CarbonTracker can be used
- to estimate the natural and human contributions to the Carbon Cycle at different scales
- to better understand the variability of the natural Carbon Cycle
For example, in North America
- the burning of fossil fuel results in the emission of close to 2x1015g of Carbon equivalent CO2 in the atmosphere.
- CarbonTracker estimates that only one third of this CO2 is absorbed by the vegetation.
North America is therefore a net source of CO2 to the global atmosphere.