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A robust method for estimating landfill methane emissions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19728486     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills emit significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, there is considerable interest in quantifying surficial methane emissions from landfills. The authors present a method to estimate methane emissions, using ambient air volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements taken above the surface of the landfill. Using a hand-held monitor, hundreds of VOC concentrations can be taken easily in a day, and simple meteorological data can be recorded at the same time. The standard Gaussian dispersion equations are inverted and solved by matrix methods to determine the methane emission rates at hundreds of point locations throughout a MSW landfill. These point emission rates are then summed to give the total landfill emission rate. This method is tested on a central Florida MSW landfill using data from 3 different days, taken 6 and 12 months apart. A sensitivity study is conducted, and the emission estimates are most sensitive to the input meteorological parameters of wind speed and stability class. Because of the many measurements that are used, the results are robust. When the emission estimates were used as inputs into a dispersion model, a reasonable scatterplot fit of the individual concentration measurement data resulted.
Veronica K Figueroa; Kevin R Mackie; Nick Guarriello; C David Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995)     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1096-2247     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-04     Completed Date:  2009-10-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503111     Medline TA:  J Air Waste Manag Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  925-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-2450, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Methane / analysis*
Models, Theoretical
Volatile Organic Compounds / analysis
Waste Management*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Volatile Organic Compounds; 74-82-8/Methane

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