Observed relationships between large-scale patterns of variability and atmospheric carbon dioxide
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2 has been steadily increasing for the last two hundred years, largely due to the burning of fossil fuels. The impact of increasing CO2 on global climate change has been studied extensively, but uncertainties about the effects of climate change on the sources and sinks of the global carbon cycle continue to impede our abilities to accurately predict future CO2 concentrations, and thus to fully understand the global carbon cycle. The intent of this thesis is to examine how three major patterns of large-scale variability impact changes in atmospheric CO2. Most previous ...