Public Release Webinar: Improving Characterization of Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United StatesBoard on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
March 27, 2018
Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas in the United States and is emitted to the atmosphere from diverse anthropogenic sources in many key U.S. economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, and waste. Although it is shorter-lived in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, methane is more efficient at absorbing heat.
Being able to accurately quantify methane emissions and attribute emissions to specific sources is a critical component to addressing climate change. As such, a recent National Academies study examined approaches to measuring, monitoring, reporting, and developing inventories of anthropogenic emissions. The study also assessed published inventories of U.S. methane emissions, characterized their uncertainty, and identified opportunities for improving these estimates.
The findings from this study are articulated in the report, Improving Characterization of Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States (2018), scheduled for official release on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. That day, please join us for a public webinar at 11am EDT, when study chair James W.C. White, University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss the report's findings and recommendations.