Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1467–1484, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1467-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1467–1484, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1467-2020

Research article 30 Mar 2020

Research article | 30 Mar 2020

Testing the near-field Gaussian plume inversion flux quantification technique using unmanned aerial vehicle sampling

Adil Shah et al.

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Short summary
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with large flux uncertainties from facility-scale sources, such as natural gas extraction infrastructure. A recently developed flux quantification method was successfully tested by flying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) downwind of 22 controlled atmospheric methane releases. The UAVs were used to derive high-precision atmospheric methane measurements. The UAV methodology was successful in both detecting the release and providing a rough flux estimate.