Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3683–3696, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3683–3696, 2020

Research article 27 Mar 2020

Research article | 27 Mar 2020

Methane emissions from the Munich Oktoberfest

Jia Chen et al.

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We demonstrate for the first time that large festivals can be significant methane sources, though they are not included in emission inventories. We combined in situ measurements with a Gaussian plume model to determine the Oktoberfest emissions and show that they are not due solely to human biogenic emissions, but are instead primarily fossil fuel related. Our study provides the foundation to develop reduction policies for such events and new pathways to mitigate fossil fuel methane emissions.
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