ECN leads European project on improving measuring greenhouse gases

Measuring station in the mountains near Kasprowy, Poland

Not much information is available about non-CO2 greenhouse gases, although together they are almost as important for the human-induced climate effect as the more widely known CO2 (carbon dioxide). Since early October, ECN has been leading 34 institutes from 15 countries in a project that aims to improve the mapping of the emission of methane, nitrous oxide and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The measurements of these hard-to-measure gases are conducted from summits, towers, ships and airplanes. The InGOS project (Integrated Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Observing System) is financed by the European Union as a contribution to the global earth observation system GEO. The project duration is four years and the budget amounts to over 10 million euros.

Reliable emission maps

The ambition of the participating institutes is to optimise the emission estimates per country such that policy makers are able to compare the independent emission maps with the official values that are reported by the countries. This enables them to make more effective choices on further restriction of emissions. To achieve this goal, participants in InGOS will refine computer models and conduct more and improved measurements. Today’s and future observations that are done by satellites will improve in usability by combining them with the INGOS point and remote sensing ground measurements.  Advanced computer models calculate the measuring data into emission maps. These measurements are independent of what the individual countries report themselves. The emission maps offer a reliable picture of the amount of greenhouse gases that is emitted into the atmosphere at a certain location.

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Read the leaflet on InGOS