AEP-NOAA Greenhouse Gas Measurement Flights

Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and meteorological parameters were continuously measured from aircraft that flew polygons around oil and gas extraction and upgrading facilities, primarily in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. An algorithm can be applied to these data to estimate hourly emission rates.

Measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and greenhouse gases (GHGs) were also collected on a selected number of flights as discrete samples. These data can aid in source identification of sampled air masses.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Alternate Title/Name
Creator AEP
Contributor NOAA, Scientific Aviation, UC Irvine
Publisher OSM and AEP
Subject Air & Deposition
Parameters CO2, CH4, VOCs
Data Type Continuous and Discrete
Frequency Irregular - during aircraft flights
Temporal Coverage Begins 2017-08-14
Temporal Coverage Ends 2018-09-19
Spatial Coverage
Spatial Projection
Usage Considerations or Constraints See README file for detailed considerations and constraints. These data can be used to estimate emissions of CH4 and CO2, using methods described in Conley et al. (2017). Flights have not been screened for suitability for emissions estimates. Only some flights are appropriate for emissions estimates, based on factors such as maximum flight altitude relative to the boundary layer, proximity to emissions sources, and meteorological conditions. Prior to calculating emissions estimates, appropriate screening criteria must be developed and applied to the flights.
Resouce Type Spreadsheet
Language English
OSM Asset? Yes
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