Methane Conference 2019

Industrial Methane Measurement Conference 2019 - Abstract

Abstract Title: Quantifying methane emissions from individual coal mine vents with GHGSat-D satellite observations
Presenter Name: Mr Daniel Varon
Company/Organisation: Harvard University
Country: United States

Abstract Information :

GHGSat-D was launched in June 2016 as a demonstration instrument for the planned GHGSat satellite constellation, which aims to quantify emissions from individual methane point sources using fine-resolution (< 50 m) observations of methane plumes. GHGSat-D has much coarser precision (~13%) than is planned for the constellation (1-5%), but we show that it can still detect plumes from individual coal mine vents after time averaging of wind-rotated observations on successive overpasses. We present observations for the San Juan (United States), Camden (Australia), and Bulianta (China) coal mines and deduce the corresponding emissions with error estimates using integrated mass enhancement (IME) and cross-sectional flux methods.