Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Research article
29 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 29 Nov 2018

Detecting high-emitting methane sources in oil/gas fields using satellite observations

Daniel H. Cusworth, Daniel J. Jacob, Jian-Xiong Sheng, Joshua Benmergui, Alexander J. Turner, Jeremy Brandman, Laurent White, and Cynthia A. Randles


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AR by Daniel Cusworth on behalf of the Authors (16 Oct 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Oct 2018) by Qiang Zhang
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (28 Oct 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (08 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (11 Nov 2018) by Qiang Zhang
AR by Daniel Cusworth on behalf of the Authors (15 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Nov 2018) by Qiang Zhang
Short summary
Methane emissions from oil/gas fields originate from a large number of small and densely clustered point sources. We examine the potential of recently launched or planned satellites to locate these high-mode emitters through measurements of atmospheric methane. We find that the recently launched TROPOMI and the planned GeoCARB instruments are successful at locating high-emitting sources for fields of 20-50 emitters within the 50 × 50 km2 geographic domain but are unsuccessful for denser fields.
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