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ACP | Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 99–116, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-99-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 99–116, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-99-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 03 Jan 2020

Research article | 03 Jan 2020

A methodology to constrain carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants using satellite observations of co-emitted nitrogen dioxide

Fei Liu et al.

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We present a novel method to infer CO2 emissions from individual power plants, based on satellite observations of co-emitted NO2. We find that the CO2 emissions estimated by our satellite-based method during 2005–2017 are in reasonable agreement with the CEMS measurements for US power plants. The broader implication of our methodology is that it has the potential to provide an additional constraint on CO2 emissions from power plants in regions of the world without reliable emissions accounting.
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