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Welcome to the Greenhouse Gas Research Group (GGRG) based at Royal Holloway Earth Sciences Department. On this site you will find information about the laboratory, our facilities and details on how you can work with us either in collaboration or as a research student through applying for available projects.

The aims of the Greenhouse Gas Research Group:

  •  To further understand and quantify the background greenhouse gas emissions entering the UK and Europe.
  •  To understand the importance of varying sources of greenhouse gases to the Arctic and the seasonality of those sources.
  •  To continue to monitor UK, Arctic and Atlantic greenhouse gas emissions and upgrade facilities where possible.
  •  Provide assisted services to the scientific community, with focus on the determination of carbon isotopes on CO2 and CH4 to determine likely sources of greenhouse gases.
  •  Collaborate globally to help to provide a worldwide greenhouse gas monitoring network.

The laboratory is available for commercial air sample processing for Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and δ13C on CO2 and CH4. Applications for work to process air samples for CH4 analysis are encouraged through the InGOS project where possible (See Projects for more details), for other enquiries please contact us directly on d.lowry@es.rhul.ac.uk.

The Greenhouse Gas Group at Royal Holloway was first formed in an initial form in 1995. Egham's (London) greenhouse gas time series is the longest UK mainland record and one of the world's longest urban records. The laboratory is equipped to carry out high precision, high sample number δ13C(CH4) and δ13C(CO2) measurements, and operates remote CO2 and methane monitoring stations at Barra, Ascension Is, Falklands, Jersey and an instrument on the BAS ship, the James Clark Ross. The group has a long-running interest in Arctic methane studies, with many publications since 1989, and in the use of CH4 isotopes to verify UK and EU emissions declarations and inventory assessments. The laboratory now has a continuous data record for methane from October 2005 and a CO record since 1997.

The Greenhouse Gas Research Group staff consists of
Prof. Euan Nisbet, Dr Dave Lowry, Dr Rebecca Fisher, Mathias Lanoiselle and Barbara White

The group has current NERC funded projects investigating Arctic methane (MAMM and Is the Arctic Methane Budget Changing) and investigating the Southern Atlantic Ocean tropical methane anomaly. We also work with the EU funded InGOS programme and are currently working with NPL measuring landfill emissions using our mobile greenhouse gas measurement equipment (See picture below). The laboratory is available for commercial (and through InGOS) air sample processing for CO2, CH4 and δ13C and for mobile site measurements. Please use the contacts section to arrange to use the facilities either for commercial work or collaborations.

The greenhouse gas research group is also home to the EQUIANOS network – a collaboration of monitoring sites globally (with specific foci on the Sothern Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic) measuring CO2 and methane. Details on all our measurement sites and those of our EQUIANOS partners can be found on the EQUIANOS website (www.equianos.com)



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