Methane Levels from Copernicus, Rise Literally Off-the-Charts


Comparing Methane Levels from Copernicus, MetOps, and Ground Data: 1 of 2 // Dec 12, 2018

Methane levels are rapidly increasing globally. Methane release in the Arctic from thawing terrestrial and marine permafrost, and from methane clathrates on shallow continental shelves are a huge and ever increasing risk.

  • I compare and contrast methane observations from satellites (Copernicus and MetOp1) and from
  • Ground flask measurements to see what is happening now;
  • I chat about the colour legend change for the Copernicus data,
  • which was offset by 100 ppb, and what that means, and why.

Link to See More Rocks post, Large heat anomalies in Pacific Right Now by Robin Westenra [Addenda, Fri 13-Nov:  Reconsidering the large increase in methane emissions].

Link to Trends in Atmospheric Methane,

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Global Methane Rise Literally Off-the-Charts: 2 of 2 // Dec 12, 2018

The unrelenting increase in global levels of atmospheric methane went literally off-the-charts used to display methane for the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS). Methane levels were so high that:

  • They swamped out the colour scheme used in the map legend,
  • Causing saturation in large red blobs with little detail.
  • The colour legend was shifted by 100 ppb to more clearly show the detailed structure of where methane was being emitted.

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Beckwith at Paris COP21 in 2015.
Wishing now, that he was in
Poland this year at COP24

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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