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GreenLITE: a new laser-based tool for near-real-time monitoring and mapping of CO2 and CH4 concentrations on scales from 0.04-25 km2
Author(s): Jeremy T. Dobler; Timothy G. Pernini; Nathan Blume; T. Scott Zaccheo; Michael Braun
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Paper Abstract

In 2013, Harris and Atmospheric and Environmental Research developed the greenhouse gas laser imaging tomography experiment (GreenLITE™) under a cooperative agreement with the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the Department of Energy. The system uses a pair of high-precision, intensity-modulated, continuous-wave (IMCW) transceivers and a series of retroreflectors to generate overlapping atmospheric density measurements from absorption of a particular greenhouse gas (e.g. CO2 or CH4), to provide an estimate of the two-dimensional spatial distribution of the gas within the area of interest. The system can take measurements over areas ranging from approximately 0.04 square kilometers (km2) to 25 km2 (~200 meters (m) × 200 m, up to ~5 km × 5 km). Multiple GreenLITE™ CO2 demonstrations have been carried out to date, including a full year, November 04, 2015 through November 14, 2016, deployment over a 25 km2 area of downtown Paris, France. In late 2016, the GreenLITE™ system was converted to provide similar measurements for CH4. Recent experiments showed that GreenLITE™ CH4 concentration readings correlated with an insitu instrument, calibrated with World Meteorological Organization traceable gas purchased from the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, to within approximately 0.5% of CH4 background or ~10-15 parts per billion. Several experiments are planned in 2017 to further evaluate the accuracy of the CH4 and CO2 retrieved concentration values compared to the calibrated in situ instrument and to demonstrate the feasibility of GreenLITE™ for environmental and safety monitoring of CO2 and CH4 in industrial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10406, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring 2017, 1040604 (30 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276950
Show Author Affiliations
Jeremy T. Dobler, Harris Corp. (United States)
Timothy G. Pernini, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (United States)
Nathan Blume, Harris Corp. (United States)
T. Scott Zaccheo, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (United States)
Michael Braun, Harris 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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