Presentation Title

Mapping Methane Emissions in the Los Angeles Megacity

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-19

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Atmospheric methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent anthropogenic greenhouse gas. Improved estimates of CH4 emissions from cities is essential for carbon cycle science and climate mitigation efforts. Development of spatially-resolved carbon emissions data sets may offer significant advances in understanding and managing carbon emissions from cities. Urban CH4 emissions in particular require spatially resolved emission maps to help resolve uncertainties in the CH4 budget. This study presents a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based approach to mapping CH4 emissions using locations of infrastructure known to handle and emit methane. We constrain the spatial distribution of sources to the facility level for the major CH4 emitting sources in the South Coast Air Basin. GIS spatial modeling was combined with publicly available datasets to determine the distribution of potential CH4 sources. The datasets were processed and validated to ensure accuracy in the location of individual sources. This information was then used to develop the Vista emissions prior, which is a one-year long, spatially-resolved CH4 emissions estimate. Methane emissions were calculated and spatially allocated to produce 1 km x 1 km gridded CH4 emission map spanning the Los Angeles Basin. In future work, the Vista CH4 emissions prior will be compared with existing, coarser-resolution emissions estimates and will be evaluated in inverse modeling studies using atmospheric observations. The Vista CH4 emissions inventory presents the first detailed spatial maps of CH4 sources and emissions estimates in the Los Angeles Basin and is a critical step towards sectoral attribution of CH4 emissions at local to regional scales.

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Mapping Methane Emissions in the Los Angeles Megacity

HUB 302-19

Atmospheric methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent anthropogenic greenhouse gas. Improved estimates of CH4 emissions from cities is essential for carbon cycle science and climate mitigation efforts. Development of spatially-resolved carbon emissions data sets may offer significant advances in understanding and managing carbon emissions from cities. Urban CH4 emissions in particular require spatially resolved emission maps to help resolve uncertainties in the CH4 budget. This study presents a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based approach to mapping CH4 emissions using locations of infrastructure known to handle and emit methane. We constrain the spatial distribution of sources to the facility level for the major CH4 emitting sources in the South Coast Air Basin. GIS spatial modeling was combined with publicly available datasets to determine the distribution of potential CH4 sources. The datasets were processed and validated to ensure accuracy in the location of individual sources. This information was then used to develop the Vista emissions prior, which is a one-year long, spatially-resolved CH4 emissions estimate. Methane emissions were calculated and spatially allocated to produce 1 km x 1 km gridded CH4 emission map spanning the Los Angeles Basin. In future work, the Vista CH4 emissions prior will be compared with existing, coarser-resolution emissions estimates and will be evaluated in inverse modeling studies using atmospheric observations. The Vista CH4 emissions inventory presents the first detailed spatial maps of CH4 sources and emissions estimates in the Los Angeles Basin and is a critical step towards sectoral attribution of CH4 emissions at local to regional scales.