MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEsurements and MOdelling

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Katarina Vinkovic – Are the cow farts real threat?

After grabbing your attention with a catchy title, first, let’s make some facts clear. Some people still link the word “methane” to cow farts. Unfortunately, I have to disappoint you. Actually, cow burps are much more problematic. You must be wondering why is that so, right? Cows are ruminants like sheep, goats, and buffalo. Ruminants…

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Aren´t that amazing numbers?

Last week we presented MEMO2 at the EGU 2019, together with more than 16.000 scientists presenting their research. 113 countries participated! 5.531 oral, 9.432 poster, and 1.287 PICO presentations. 683 unique scientific sessions together with 87 short courses and 338 side events. And we were right in the middle! As last year it was a very…

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Imagine the difficult and the impossible!

Let’s play: During our 2nd MEMO2 school about “Methane and society” in France, the exercise for our students was to figure parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In real life, the parties to the convention meet annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. A huge breakthrough was made some years…

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Hossein Maazallahi – My collaboration with TNO

Fundamentally, I’ve been in contact with the Utrecht University (UU) and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) since the first interview before getting admission to the MEMO2when I was in Iran, and my supervisors were in Chile (Dr. Hugo Denier van der Gon; TNO) and the Netherlands (Prof. Thomas Röckmann; UU). Basically, I spend…

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Julianne Fernandez – The isotopic signature of urban methane emissions

During October 2018, I traveled to the Netherlands for a secondment with the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) group at Utrecht University. My PhD research revolves around urban methane (CH4) emissions, which consists of a plethora of mobile survey measurements and never ending hours of laboratory measurements. Therefore, the first part of…

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Malika Menoud – Secondment at Royal Holloway University of London

Let’s start! – June 18th I’ve arrived safe at King’s cross train station. It still takes more that 1 hour to reach Egham, where are the University campus and the house I’ll stay in. The secondment will be of 4 weeks. RHUL campus. This bright orange brick building is the founder’s building. It was built…

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Semra Bakkaloglu – What an adventurous secondment!

I am not going to tell about the love story, but this might be a blog for the broken-hearted. Please be ready to read about the worst time I have ever had. The story began with losing my Biometric Residence Permit – which lets me live in UK – during the ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation…

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Patryk Lakomiec – Swedish air goes Britain

Main topic of my Phd is assessing CH4 emissions from Swedish wetlands. I’m doing my Phd at Lund University, Sweden. During my studies I have to visit two academic partners and one non-academic. My first visit was in Royal Holloway, University of London. I was there from 19th November to 30th November 2018. During this secondment I…

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How to identify sources of methane – workshop on isotopes

If you want to know where your methane is coming from, you can measure the isotopic composition of the molecules. The isotopic composition is like a fingerprint, you can distinguish between methane coming from e.g. human activities, from cows or natural gas. It is even possible to distinguish if the natural gas is originally coming…

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Workshop on Gaussian plume and dispersion models

Gaussian plume and dispersion models are useful tools to derive emissions rates from mobile CH4 measurements as performed within MEMO2. In October 2018, our partner Heidelberg University organised a workshop on this topic to teach theoretical basics on plume dispersion, practice the modelling, and to discuss the measurement strategy for best model use. ESRs are trained…

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