INFLUX: Tower-Based Greenhouse Gas Measurements and Flux Estimates in an Urban Environment
N. Miles1, T. Lauvaux1, L. McGowan1, S. Richardson1, D. Sarmiento1, K. Davis1, J. Turnbull2, C. Sweeney2, K. Gurney3, M. Cambaliza4 and P.B. Shepson4
1Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; 814-880-8087, E-mail: email@example.com
2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
3Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287
4Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Independent verification of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is an emerging need as legislation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions becomes increasingly likely. As part of the INFLUX Project, CO2, CH4 and CO mixing ratios are measured using wavelength-scanned cavity ringdown spectroscopy (Picarro, Inc.) at two towers surrounding Indianapolis, IN, with expansion underway to a network of twelve sensors, including 14CO2 flask sampling. Sampling was initiated in October of 2010, and is planned to continue through 2012. We plan to use these data to quantify spatial patterns in greenhouse gas fluxes within and around the urban center at high temporal resolution. We will present preliminary measurements from INFLUX towers as well as simulations of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations in the region. We will outline the analytic system being constructed to solve for urban emissions.