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Volume 11, issue 3 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1689-1705, 2018
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Research article 27 Mar 2018

Research article | 27 Mar 2018

Atmospheric characterization through fused mobile airborne and surface in situ surveys: methane emissions quantification from a producing oil field

Ira Leifer et al.
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Airborne/mobile-surface data were collected to derive active oil field trace gas emissions near Bakersfield, CA, characterizing the atmosphere from the surface to above the planetary boundary layer (PBL) by combining downwind concentration anomaly (plume) above background with normal winds. Air–surface comparison for a mountain profile (0.1–2.2 km) confirmed surface winds. Annualized oil field emissions were 31.3±16 Gg CH4 and 2.4±1.2 Tg CO2. The PBL was not well mixed even 10–20 km downwind.
Airborne/mobile-surface data were collected to derive active oil field trace gas emissions near...