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Project Title:

Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States: Improving Measurement, Monitoring, Reporting, and Development of Inventories
PIN: DELS-BASCPR-15-05        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology

RSO: Thomas, Katherine C

Subject/Focus Area: Agriculture; Earth Sciences; Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies; Surveys and Statistics; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will examine approaches to measuring, monitoring, reporting, and developing inventories of anthropogenic emissions of methane to the atmosphere. The geographic scope of this study is limited to the U.S., although much of the committee’s report could be relevant internationally.  Specifically, the committee will:
discuss how methane emissions measurements, monitoring data, and inventories are used and usable for managing emissions, scientific research, and other purposes;
assess scientific understanding with respect to published inventories of U.S. anthropogenic methane emissions, including estimates of current emissions, recent trends, and projections of future emissions;
describe and evaluate approaches used to measure and monitor methane emissions;
recommend how to present report results of methane emissions studies to facilitate comparisons among studies and to ensure results are useful for policymaking;
describe and evaluate approaches used to develop inventories of past, present and future methane emissions;
recommend best available approaches for addressing key uncertainties, areas of incomplete understanding, and technical challenges in developing methane inventories; and
recommend research needed to improve methane emissions measurement, monitoring, and inventory development.

This project is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Project Duration: 21 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 01/05/2017
 Meeting 2 - 01/25/2017
 Meeting 3 - 03/28/2017
 Meeting 4 - 04/27/2017
 Meeting 5 - 05/16/2017
 Meeting 6 - 06/01/2017
 Meeting 7 - 07/12/2017
 Meeting 8 - 08/15/2017


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Improving Characterization of Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States