National Physical Laboratory

Climb on board the Greenhouse Gas Measurement Bus

The Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), is involved in a new project, led by space company EADS Astrium, which aims to develop a way of measuring more precisely the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Astrium bus

The new service is being promoted by Astrium using a converted London bus, which will be measuring concentrations of greenhouse gases in central London during August. The bus will be at NPL on 2 and 8 August 2012 and the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL is inviting stakeholders to learn about the new service.

You will be able to see real time measurements from the four sensors across London and a cityscape video of carbon dioxide and methane concentrations measured by the bus around central London that morning. 3D visualisations of modelled emission sources over London, the UK and the world, show how natural sources and sinks of carbon dioxide compare with man-made emissions over a cycle of days and weeks.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about other research being undertaken by the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, such as energy efficient lighting and validation of climate data.

Dates: 2 and 8 August 2012

Time: Arrive at 3 pm for 3.30 pm start (tea and coffee provided on registration). The event will close with networking and drinks 5.30 - 6 pm.

Venue: National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW

Places are strictly limited, so please reply to carbon-measurement@npl.co.uk as soon as possible to confirm your place, indicating which day you would like to come.

This new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measurement Service will improve the current inventory approach by making physical measurements and then integrating them into the models used to produce a value for countrywide emissions and make that more accurate. As we transition to a low carbon economy then this should result in a measurable and validated reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The service can also be adapted to measure city emissions. The measurements will be taken at permanent elevated sites round the country, and from aircraft and satellites.

As part of a pilot scheme for the service, NPL, on behalf of Astrium, is setting up four sensors at elevated points across London to measure the concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane in the city's air. The data quality is very important when you are looking for small changes in gas concentrations over a number of years, so we will be producing the highest-quality calibration gas standards and using those to do the calibrations of all sensors in the field.

Find out more about the service on Astrium's website

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2012
Created: 2 Jul 2012