Measuring and Monitoring Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, contributes to air pollution and can pose threats to public health as well as the health of workers in certain industries.  Understanding, measuring, and tracking atmospheric methane and emissions is essential for addressing concerns and informing decisions that affect the climate, economy, and human health and safety.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines approaches to measuring, monitoring, and developing inventories of atmospheric methane emissions caused by human activities.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present findings from the report and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 27.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Improving Characterization of Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Monday, March 26.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 27.  To obtain an embargoed copy, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email