MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEsurements and MOdelling

MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEasurements and MOdelling

MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEasurements and MOdelling

MEMO2, a European Training Network (H2020 MSCA-ETN) with more than 20 collaborators from 7 countries, identifies and evaluates methane (CH4) emissions and support mitigation measures by I) developing new and advanced mobile CH4 measurements tools and networks, II) isotopic source identification, and III) modelling at different scales.

The project educates a new generation of “cross–thinking” scientists, which are able to effectively implement novel measurement and modelling tools in an interdisciplinary and intersectoral context.

MEMO2 bridges the gap between large-scale scientific estimates from in situ monitoring programs and the ‘bottom-up’ estimates of emissions from local sources that are used in the national reporting.

With respect to the recently released EU methane strategy and the implementation of independent verification of emissions by atmospheric measurements, some examples of relevant results up to now:

Urban CH4 emissions: We can now detect and quantify CH4 leaks in cities at the street-level with mobile nigh precision analysers. View our latest blog including an illustration video about CH4 observations in two cities, Utrecht and Hamburg and the related publication. Similar studies have been carried out in >10 EU cities and more publications are in preparation. Something like this is ready to be rolled out at larger scale, also together with interested network operators.

Oil and gas production: We carried out a large study in the oil and gas production region in Romania (ROMEO), with aircraft, drones and vehicles. The final results are under evaluation and will be published soon. The campaign blogs and videos give an overview of the work done.

Coal mining: In collaboration with CoMet, another science project, we quantified the emissions from the Upper Silesian coal mining area.  Results have been presented at several international conferences and a first publication is available.

The conference proceedings (NCGG8, 2019) introduce MEMO2 briefly and present results of the first 2 years of the project. 

Please find here an overview of presented MEMOresults in general.