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Geophysical Research Letters, vol.40 no.16, 27/08/2013
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|Resource title||Methane emissions estimate from airborne measurements over a western United States natural gas field|
|Author(s)||Anna Karion, Colm Sweeney, Gabrielle Pétron, Gregory Frost, R. Michael Hardesty, Jonathan Kofler, Ben R. Miller, Tim Newberger, Sonja Wolter, Robert Banta, Alan Brewer, Ed Dlugokencky, Patricia Lang, Stephen A. Montzka, Russell Schnell, Pieter Tans, Michael Trainer, Robert Zamora, Stephen Conley|
|Publication/ source||Geophysical Research Letters, vol.40 no.16|
|Summary text/ abstract||Methane (CH₄) emissions from natural gas production are not well quantified and have the potential to offset the climate benefits of natural gas over other fossil fuels. We use atmospheric measurements in a mass balance approach to estimate CH₄ emissions of 55 ± 15 × 10 kg h-1 from a natural gas and oil production field in Uintah County, Utah, on 1 day: 3 February 2012. This emission rate corresponds to 6.2%-11.7% (1σ) of average hourly natural gas production in Uintah County in the month of February. This study demonstrates the mass balance technique as a valuable tool for estimating emissions from oil and gas production regions and illustrates the need for further atmospheric measurements to determine the representativeness of our single-day estimate and to better assess inventories of CH₄ emissions.|
|Library categories||Climate Change, Extr. Energy Climate|
|Added to Free Range Library||September 2013|
Methane emissions estimate from airborne measurements over a western United States natural gas field [687.7 kilobytes]
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