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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1467-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1467-2020
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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, Joseph R. Pitt, Hugo Ricketts, J. Brian Leen, Paul I. Williams, Khristopher Kabbabe, Martin W. Gallagher, and Grant Allen

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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.