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Tackling climate change via real time monitoring of urban greenhouse gases

Join experts at The Cities are the Key to the Climate Solution Summit

At the event taking place on 3 November and organized by the Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) Initiative, a pilot urban air quality monitoring project will be showcased, demonstrating how real-time monitoring of urban greenhouse gases (GHGs) can help them in their efforts to tackle climate change.  

The project, also led by GEMM, is establishing a dense network of 25 sensors monitoring levels of GHGs and particulate matter across Glasgow in real-time.  

Data from the network of sensors, coupled with ‘inverse modelling’, can help to identify sources of GHG emissions, providing city leaders and policymakers with information to help them decide on climate change policies and observe their impact almost immediately. 

Currently, most data on GHG emissions is calculated based on consumption of fossil fuels and is only available months or years later, whereas sensor networks offer the opportunity for direct, real-time atmospheric observations. 

The GEMM Initiative-supported project is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow City Council, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Optica, AGU, the Met Office and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) 

The Cities are the Key to the Climate Solution summit will showcase these new technologies and methodologies for the monitoring of GHG emissions and air pollutants in real-time, consider the economic and legal perspectives of adopting this approach and will feature a roundtable discussion on the opportunities and challenges cities face in meeting GHGs and air pollution reduction goals. 

NPL are providing metrological support to the project including the co-location of reference-quality instrumentation at one of the urban GEMM sites. 

Register here. The event is a hybrid summit and will be hosted online and in person.  

06 Oct 2021