Sensing CO2 Domes for Adaptive Management of Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cities are both the dominant source of human-produced greenhouse gases and leaders for innovative strategies in carbon management. However, these city-level strategies are limited by a lack of robust approaches to measure greenhouse gas emissions at the urban scale. This collaborative project explores a new way to provide near real-time data of greenhouse gas production by integrating atmospheric modeling with a dense, surface-based observation network of anthropogenic and biogenic tracers. Merced and Santa Cruz provide useful sites for testing due to the presence of large influences from natural and agricultural land as well as carbon management plans in these cities.