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Wide area methane emissions mapping with airborne IPDA lidar
Author(s): Jarett Bartholomew; Philip Lyman; Carl Weimer; William Tandy
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Paper Abstract

Methane emissions from natural gas production, storage, and transportation are potential sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Methane leaks also constitute revenue loss potential from operations. Since 2013, Ball Aerospace has been developing advanced airborne sensors using integrated path differential absorption (IPDA) LIDAR instrumentation to identify methane, propane, and longer-chain alkanes in the lowest region of the atmosphere. Additional funding has come from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) to upgrade instrumentation to a broader swath coverage of up to 400 meters while maintaining high spatial sampling resolution and geolocation accuracy. Wide area coverage allows efficient mapping of emissions from gathering and distribution networks, processing facilities, landfills, natural seeps, and other distributed methane sources. This paper summarizes the benefits of advanced instrumentation for aerial methane emission mapping, describes the operating characteristics and design of this upgraded IPDA instrumentation, and reviews technical challenges encountered during development and deployment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2017
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10406, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring 2017, 1040607 (30 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276713
Show Author Affiliations
Jarett Bartholomew, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Philip Lyman, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Carl Weimer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
William Tandy, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10406:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring 2017
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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