Understanding the size and location of trace gas emissions is the first step in remediation. Aircraft are often the optimal 3 dimensional research platform to do this. By flying a set of upwind and downwind legs throughout the atmospheric boundary layer, the integrated changes in concentration within the enclosed volume (or flux, equal to the total source/sink within the volume) can be estimated almost immediately after a flight. We have the expertise and experience to optimize the flight strategy for each project, carry out the analysis, and estimate errors associated with our results.
- Conley, S., Faloona, I., Mehrotra, S., Suard, M., Lenschow, D. H., Sweeney, C., Herndon, S., Schwietzke, S., Pétron, G., Pifer, J., Kort, E. A., Schnell, R. (2017). Application of Gauss’s Theorem to quantify localized surface emissions from airborne measurements of wind and trace gases. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10 (9), 3345-3358. doi: 10.5194/amt-10- 3345-2017.