Methane Source Attribution in the UK Using Multi‐Year Records of CH4 and δ13C

Woolley Maisch, CA, Fisher, RE, France, JL, Lowry, D, Lanoisellé, M, Bell, TG, Forster, G, Manning, AJ, Michel, SE, Ramsden, AE, Yang, M and Nisbet, EG 2023 Methane Source Attribution in the UK Using Multi‐Year Records of CH4 and δ13C. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 128 (21).

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Isotopic measurements of atmospheric methane are valuable for the verification of bottom-up atmospheric emissions inventories. The balance of sources in emissions inventories must be consistent with the δ13C-CH4 isotopic record in the air. Long-term records of both methane mole fraction and δ13C from five sites across the UK are presented, showing post-2007 growth in CH4 and negative trend in δ13C, consistent with global background sites. Miller-Tans analyses of atmospheric measurements identified that the δ13C signature of the methane source mix varied between −50.1 and −56.1‰, with less depleted δ13C signatures at sites receiving air from urban areas, consistent with an increased proportion of thermogenic sources. Isotopic signatures calculated for all sites are more enriched than those expected from the bottom-up emissions inventory, suggesting that inventories for the UK either underestimate contributions of thermogenic/pyrogenic emissions or overestimate biogenic sources.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: S Hawkins
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