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Quantifying spatial and temporal variability of methane emissions from a complex area source: case study of a central Indiana landfill
Cambaliza, M., J. Bogner, R. Green, P. Shepson, E. Thoma, T. Foster-Wittig, AND K. Spokas. Quantifying spatial and temporal variability of methane emissions from a complex area source: case study of a central Indiana landfill. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15 - 19, 2014.
This is an Abstract submission for the American Geophysical Union’s 47th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, 15-19 December, 2014 for posible selection as a poster or platform presentaion.
strengths, limitations, and uncertainties of these two approaches. Because US landfills are highly-engineered and composed of daily, intermediate, and final cover areas with differing thicknesses, composition, and implementation of gas recovery, we also expected different emission signatures and strengths from the various cover areas. Thus we also deployed static chambers and vertical radial plume mapping to quantify the spatial variability of emissions from the thinner daily and intermediate cover areas. Understanding the daily, seasonal and annual emission rates from a landfill is not trivial, and usually requires a combination of measurement and modeling approaches. Thus, our unique data set provides an opportunity to gain an improved understanding of the emissions from a complex area source, an essential requirement for developing improved urban-scale greenhouse gas inventories relevant for addressing mitigation strategies. We report on the results here.