Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2255–2277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2255-2017

Special issue: Twenty-five years of operations of the Network for the Detection...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2255–2277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2255-2017

Research article 14 Feb 2017

Research article | 14 Feb 2017

The recent increase of atmospheric methane from 10 years of ground-based NDACC FTIR observations since 2005

Whitney Bader et al.

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An increase of 0.31 ± 0.03 % year−1 of atmospheric methane is reported using 10 years of solar observations performed at 10 ground-based stations since 2005. These trend agree with a GEOS-Chem-tagged simulation that accounts for the contribution of each emission source and one sink in the total methane. The GEOS-Chem simulation shows that anthropogenic emissions from coal mining and gas and oil transport and exploration have played a major role in the increase methane since 2005.
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