The laboratory was set up in 1994 as part of a European methane project drawing on existing expertise in the measurement of stable isotopes. Since then the focus of the laboratory work has been on the carbon isotope measurement of methane and carbon dioxide. The RHUL site provides an important location for atmospheric monitoring as it picks up relatively clean air from the SW and air with London emissions from the E. The laboratory has been developed as a long-term monitoring site for the atmospheric gases CH4, CO2, CO, H2 and radon. Recent NERC and EC grants have seen the laboratory widen its remit, extending its greenhouse gas monitoring network to the islands of Ascension and East Falkland in the South Atlantic Ocean and Barra in the Hebrides of Scotland, with ongoing investigation of the isotopic signatures of methane sources in the Arctic.
Meth-MonitEUr Final Report
Meth-MonitEUr was a European Union Project from 2002-2005, to monitor Methane emissions in the European Union and Russia (total project €519,812). The scientific work of the project is described in Section 6 of the Final Report. This report was not externally peer-reviewed but did have rigorous internal scrutiny. It was externally assessed and accepted by the Commission. The reference is as follows:
Nisbet, E. G. (Ed.) (2005), Meth-MonitEUr: Methane monitoring in the European Union and Russia, Final Rep., Sect. 6, EC contract EVK2-CT-2002-00175. European Commission, Brussels.
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