Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-18149-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-18149-2018
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21 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2018

Attribution of recent increases in atmospheric methane through 3-D inverse modelling

Joe McNorton, Chris Wilson, Manuel Gloor, Rob J. Parker, Hartmut Boesch, Wuhu Feng, Ryan Hossaini, and Martyn P. Chipperfield

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Since 2007 atmospheric methane (CH4) has been unexpectedly increasing following a 6-year hiatus. We have used an atmospheric model to attribute regional sources and global sinks of CH4 using observations for the 2003–2015 period. Model results show the renewed growth is best explained by decreased atmospheric removal, decreased biomass burning emissions, and an increased energy sector (mainly from Africa–Middle East and Southern Asia–Oceania) and wetland emissions (mainly from northern Eurasia).
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