Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4147–4157, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4147–4157, 2016

Research article 30 Mar 2016

Research article | 30 Mar 2016

Atmospheric constraints on the methane emissions from the East Siberian Shelf

Antoine Berchet et al.

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We propose insights based on atmospheric observations around the Arctic circle to evaluate estimates of methane emissions to the atmosphere from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. Based on a comprehensive statistical analysis of the observations and of high-resolution transport simulations, annual methane emissions from ESAS are estimated to range from 0.0 to 4.5 TgCH4 yr−1, with a maximum in summer and very low emissions in winter.
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