The Human Impacts Database

A collection of useful numbers for quantifying the impacts of the human presence on Earth.

Ratio between anthropogenic emissions and natural removal of CO2

Atmospheric & Biogeochemical CyclesCarbon Dioxide

This quantity comes from a time series measurement and the most recent value (2018) is reported.

Value: 1.88 ± 0.46
HuID: 70632
Relevant Year(s): 2018
Summary: Ratio between total anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and natural removal of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. Anthropogenic CO2 emissions include emissions from fossil fuel burning, land-use change, cement production and other industrial processes. Natural removal of CO2 is due primarily to the uptake by the oceans and terrestrial plants.
Method: The uncertainty value represents one standard deviation. It is obtained from the uncertainty of anthropogenic emissions and natural sinks following the original publication. The uncertainty in the ratio is computed through error propagation assuming possibly correlated sources of uncertainty.
Source: Friedlingstein, P., Jones, M. W., O'Sullivan, M. et al. Global Carbon Budget 2019. Earth System Science Data (2019)
Dataset: Ratio between anthropogenic emissions and natural sinks, CO2 (co2_flux_number_dimensioness.csv)
global resolution
Original Data License: CC-BY 4.0
Added By: ilopezgo