Articles | Volume 20, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11855–11868, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11855–11868, 2020

Research article 22 Oct 2020

Research article | 22 Oct 2020

Errors in top-down estimates of emissions using a known source

Wayne M. Angevine et al.


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (27 Aug 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (01 Sep 2020) by Andreas Hofzumahaus

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Wayne Angevine on behalf of the Authors (21 Oct 2020)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (21 Oct 2020) by Andreas Hofzumahaus
Short summary
Emissions of air pollutants must be known for a wide variety of applications. Different methods of estimating emissions often disagree substantially. In this study, we apply standard methods to a well-known source, a power plant. We explore the uncertainty implied by the different answers that come from the different methods, different samples taken over several years, and different pollutants. We find that the overall uncertainty of emissions estimates is about 30 %.
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