Articles | Volume 21, issue 5
Research article
10 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 10 Mar 2021

Attribution of the accelerating increase in atmospheric methane during 2010–2018 by inverse analysis of GOSAT observations

Yuzhong Zhang, Daniel J. Jacob, Xiao Lu, Joannes D. Maasakkers, Tia R. Scarpelli, Jian-Xiong Sheng, Lu Shen, Zhen Qu, Melissa P. Sulprizio, Jinfeng Chang, A. Anthony Bloom, Shuang Ma, John Worden, Robert J. Parker, and Hartmut Boesch


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AR by Yuzhong Zhang on behalf of the Authors (01 Jan 2021)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Jan 2021) by Bryan N. Duncan
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (13 Jan 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (31 Jan 2021)
ED: Publish as is (01 Feb 2021) by Bryan N. Duncan
AR by Yuzhong Zhang on behalf of the Authors (05 Feb 2021)  Manuscript 
Short summary
We use 2010–2018 satellite observations of atmospheric methane to interpret the factors controlling atmospheric methane and its accelerating increase during the period. The 2010–2018 increase in global methane emissions is driven by tropical and boreal wetlands and tropical livestock (South Asia, Africa, Brazil), with an insignificant positive trend in emissions from the fossil fuel sector. The peak methane growth rates in 2014–2015 are also contributed by low OH and high fire emissions.
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