Emissions from Natural Gas Operations in the Marcellus Scale Formation: In Situ and and Remote Sensing

Monday, 15 December 2014: 8:45 AM
Russell R Dickerson1, Xinrong Ren1, Anne M Thompson2, Ross J Salawitch3, Paul B Shepson4, John Philip Burrows5, Sayantan Sahu3 and Debra E Kollonige6, (1)University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (4)Purdue Univ, West Lafayette, IN, United States, (5)University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, (6)Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, COLLEGE PARK, MD, United States
Substantial increases in natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale formation have led to measurable increases in select trace gas concentrations in the Eastern US. We present surface, aircraft, and satellite observations of trace gases to help quantify those emissions and their impacts on air quality in the Mid Atlantic States. Observations are being compared to models using data assimilation to evaluate emissions estimates. These efforts represent work done under NASA's Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, AQAST and initial steps of Flux of Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases, Maryland FLAGG-MD.