Articles | Volume 23, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-14577-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-14577-2023
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24 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 24 Nov 2023

Two years of satellite-based carbon dioxide emission quantification at the world's largest coal-fired power plants

Daniel H. Cusworth, Andrew K. Thorpe, Charles E. Miller, Alana K. Ayasse, Ralph Jiorle, Riley M. Duren, Ray Nassar, Jon-Paul Mastrogiacomo, and Robert R. Nelson

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Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from combustion sources are uncertain in many places across the globe. Satellites have the ability to detect and quantify emissions from large CO2 point sources, including coal-fired power plants. In this study, we tasked two satellites to routinely observe CO2 emissions at 30 coal-fired power plants between 2021 and 2022. These results present the largest dataset of space-based CO2 emission estimates to date.
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