Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1879–1892, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1879-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1879–1892, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1879-2021

Research article 08 Mar 2021

Research article | 08 Mar 2021

Methane emissions from an oil sands tailings pond: a quantitative comparison of fluxes derived by different methods

Yuan You et al.

Related authors

Quantifying fugitive gas emissions from an oil sands tailings pond with open-path Fourier transform infrared measurements
Yuan You, Samar G. Moussa, Lucas Zhang, Long Fu, James Beck, and Ralf M. Staebler
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 945–959, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-945-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-945-2021, 2021
Short summary
Liquid–liquid phase separation in organic particles containing one and two organic species: importance of the average O : C
Mijung Song, Suhan Ham, Ryan J. Andrews, Yuan You, and Allan K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12075–12084, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-12075-2018,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-12075-2018, 2018
Long-path measurements of pollutants and micrometeorology over Highway 401 in Toronto
Yuan You, Ralf M. Staebler, Samar G. Moussa, Yushan Su, Tony Munoz, Craig Stroud, Junhua Zhang, and Michael D. Moran
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14119–14143, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-14119-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-14119-2017, 2017
Short summary
Relative humidity-dependent viscosity of secondary organic material from toluene photo-oxidation and possible implications for organic particulate matter over megacities
Mijung Song, Pengfei F. Liu, Sarah J. Hanna, Rahul A. Zaveri, Katie Potter, Yuan You, Scot T. Martin, and Allan K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8817–8830, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8817-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8817-2016, 2016
Effects of molecular weight and temperature on liquid–liquid phase separation in particles containing organic species and inorganic salts
Y. You and A. K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1351–1365, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1351-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1351-2015, 2015
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Gases | Technique: In Situ Measurement | Topic: Validation and Intercomparisons
A field intercomparison of three passive air samplers for gaseous mercury in ambient air
Attilio Naccarato, Antonella Tassone, Maria Martino, Sacha Moretti, Antonella Macagnano, Emiliano Zampetti, Paolo Papa, Joshua Avossa, Nicola Pirrone, Michelle Nerentorp, John Munthe, Ingvar Wängberg, Geoff W. Stupple, Carl P. J. Mitchell, Adam R. Martin, Alexandra Steffen, Diana Babi, Eric M. Prestbo, Francesca Sprovieri, and Frank Wania
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3657–3672, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3657-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3657-2021, 2021
Short summary
Beef cattle methane emissions measured with tracer-ratio and inverse dispersion modelling techniques
Mei Bai, José I. Velazco, Trevor W. Coates, Frances A. Phillips, Thomas K. Flesch, Julian Hill, David G. Mayer, Nigel W. Tomkins, Roger S. Hegarty, and Deli Chen
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3469–3479, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3469-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3469-2021, 2021
Short summary
Performance of open-path GasFinder3 devices for CH4 concentration measurements close to ambient levels
Christoph Häni, Marcel Bühler, Albrecht Neftel, Christof Ammann, and Thomas Kupper
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1733–1741, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1733-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1733-2021, 2021
Water vapor density and turbulent fluxes from three generations of infrared gas analyzers
Seth Kutikoff, Xiaomao Lin, Steven R. Evett, Prasanna Gowda, David Brauer, Jerry Moorhead, Gary Marek, Paul Colaizzi, Robert Aiken, Liukang Xu, and Clenton Owensby
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1253–1266, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1253-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1253-2021, 2021
Short summary
Comparison of formaldehyde measurements by Hantzsch, CRDS and DOAS in the SAPHIR chamber
Marvin Glowania, Franz Rohrer, Hans-Peter Dorn, Andreas Hofzumahaus, Frank Holland, Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Andreas Wahner, and Hendrik Fuchs
Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2021-10,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2021-10, 2021
Revised manuscript accepted for AMT
Short summary

Cited articles

Alberta Environment and Parks: Quantification of area fugitive emissions at oil sands mines, available at: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/9781460145814 (last access: 17 October 2020), 2019. 
Baray, S., Darlington, A., Gordon, M., Hayden, K. L., Leithead, A., Li, S.-M., Liu, P. S. K., Mittermeier, R. L., Moussa, S. G., O'Brien, J., Staebler, R., Wolde, M., Worthy, D., and McLaren, R.: Quantification of methane sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta by aircraft mass balance, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7361–7378, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-7361-2018, 2018. 
Bari, M. A. and Kindzierski, W. B.: Ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in communities of the Athabasca oil sands region: Sources and screening health risk assessment, Environ. Pollut., 235, 602–614, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.12.065, 2018. 
Bolinius, D. J., Jahnke, A., and MacLeod, M.: Comparison of eddy covariance and modified Bowen ratio methods for measuring gas fluxes and implications for measuring fluxes of persistent organic pollutants, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5315–5322, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5315-2016, 2016. 
Covey, K. R. and Megonigal, J. P.: Methane production and emissions in trees and forests, New Phytol., 222, 35–51, https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15624, 2019. 
Download
Short summary
Tailings ponds in the Alberta oil sands can be significant sources of methane, an important greenhouse gas. This paper describes a 1-month study conducted in 2017 to measure methane emissions from a pond using a variety of micrometeorological flux methods and demonstrates some advantages of these methods over flux chambers.