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Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Isotope Measurements from Aircraft

Description:

Stable isotopologes of methane and carbon dioxide can be powerful tracers for identifying the sources of these greenhouse gases. Airborne surveys of isotopologes of these greenhouse gases made at sufficiently high precision and speed will be an invaluable tool in the studies of Arctic climate change and terrestrial carbon cycle. Instruments capable of operating on airborne platforms such as UAV’s as well as manned aircraft with little or no temperature our pressure control are needed, and measurements must be made with high precision for either methane or carbon dioxide at rates of 1 Hz. or better. We seek an instrument of this nature in order to examine the climate issues related to the Arctic. This information is intended to address issues related to adaptive grids in DOE’s modeling endeavors in the Arctic.

Questions – contact Rick Petty, rick.petty@science.doe.gov

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