Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3963–3980, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3963-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3963–3980, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3963-2019

Research article 28 Mar 2019

Research article | 28 Mar 2019

Emissions of methane in Europe inferred by total column measurements

Debra Wunch et al.

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AR by Debra Wunch on behalf of the Authors (01 Feb 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Feb 2019) by William Lahoz (deceased)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (15 Feb 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Mar 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (06 Mar 2019) by William Lahoz (deceased)
AR by Debra Wunch on behalf of the Authors (15 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Mar 2019) by William Lahoz (deceased)
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We used five atmospheric observatories in Europe measuring total column dry-air mole fractions of methane and carbon monoxide to infer methane emissions in the area between the observatories. We find that the methane emissions are overestimated by the state-of-the-art inventories, and that this is likely due, at least in part, to the inventory disaggregation. We find that there is significant uncertainty in the carbon monoxide inventories that requires further investigation.
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