Baseline Greenhouse Gas Monitoring
A joint Geoscience Australia and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research facility for the monitoring of greenhouse gases (GHGs) was established in 2010-11. The primary objective is to test new greenhouse gas monitoring technologies and to demonstrate best practice techniques for baseline atmospheric monitoring of GHGs for geological storage sites.
The monitoring site is located in central Queensland and records continuous carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) fluxes and atmospheric concentrations of CO2, CH4 and carbon-13 of CO2. The data is being used in combination with atmospheric modelling to attribute emissions to different greenhouse gas sources and to determine what is the minimum sized leak from a geological storage facility (e.g. from an old well) that could be detected and quantified.
Flux data is available via the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).
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