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Wunch, D., Jones, D. B.A., Toon, G. C., Deutscher, N. M., Hase, F., Notholt, J., Sussmann, R., Warneke, T., Kuenen, J., Denier van der Gon, H., Fisher, J. A. & Maasakkers, J. D. (2019). Emissions of methane in Europe inferred by total column measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19 (6), 3963-3980.


Using five long-running ground-based atmospheric observatories in Europe, we demonstrate the utility of long-term, stationary, ground-based measurements of atmospheric total columns for verifying annual methane emission inventories. Our results indicate that the methane emissions for the region in Europe between Orléans, Bremen, Białystok, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen are overestimated by the state-of-the-art inventories of the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) v4.2 FT2010 and the high-resolution emissions database developed by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as part of the Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate project (TNO-MACC_III), possibly due to the disaggregation of emissions onto a spatial grid. Uncertainties in the carbon monoxide inventories used to compute the methane emissions contribute to the discrepancy between our inferred emissions and those from the inventories.



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