Atmospheric Monitoring

Baseline Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

Carbon dioxide and methane flux tower

Carbon dioxide and
methane flux tower
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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.

Joint Geoscience Australia-CSIRO Atmospheric monitoring site in Central Queensland

Joint Geoscience Australia-CSIRO
Atmospheric monitoring station in
Central Queensland
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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).

Topic contact: ghg@ga.gov.au Last updated: September 3, 2012