Methane Emissions Estimate from Airborne Measurements in Uintah Basin

A critical gap in determining the climate impact of the recent increase in US natural gas production is the lack of accurate and reliable estimates of associated emissions. In particular, the methodology used to account for fugitive methane (CH4) emissions during production is in question.

August 20, 2013

ClimateWire 3-Part Series on Natural Gas

Stephanie Paige Ogburn of ClimateWire has written an in-depth 3-part series on natural gas that makes a compelling case for accurately measuring leaks from production to delivery.

August 2, 2013

Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer (Professor Rich Farrell)

In the first post of this series, I noted that Gloria Jacobson, Picarro product manager for greenhouse gas analyzers, had been discussing Picarro G5101-i analyzer test results with several scientists, and would provide more detailed information in a series of posts.

August 2, 2013

The Chile Water Vapor Isotope Diary (Part 1)

By Professor Joe Galewsky - San Pedro de Atacama, June 15th 2013It’s been raining here in Chile’s Atacama Desert and snowing up on the nearby Chajnantor Plateau, a very rare event in this usually dry part of the world!

July 25, 2013

Field Tests of the Picarro G5101-i Analyzer

Gloria Jacobson, Picarro product manager for greenhouse gas analyzers, has been very busy lately. As the picture shows, she has been testing products in nearby marsh lands. In addition, she has discussed field tests with independent scientists, and attended several conferences in the U.S. and China. Over the next few weeks, she will be sharing her insights through a series of blog posts.

July 16, 2013

Water Isotopes Leave Fingerprints for Climate Scientists

The embedded video, produced by Marsha Walton and reported by Miles O'Brien, describes how University of Colorado meteorologist David Noone and his team are working to understand how water moves around the planet. According to the accompanying article, "The measurements are made using an optical measurement technology which has only recently become available, and which allows continuous in situ observations to be made on a practical basis.

June 25, 2013

Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene

An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.

May 12, 2013

The Coolest Presentations at EGU 2013 - Tuesday, April 9

The Picarro InvestigatorTM for Methane Research sets outside the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) as the General Assembly 2013 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) opens on Monday, April 8.If you're attending EGU and would like to join us for a test ride, sign-up at Booth 50. For complete details of our EGU activities and links to abstracts and posters, please go to the Coolest Customers at EGU.

April 8, 2013

The Coolest Presentations at EGU 2013 - Monday, April 8

The coolest presentations on earth are taking place this week at EGU 2103 in Vienna, Austria. We'll be giving you an advance look at each day's presentations and posters from Picarro customers and scientists.

April 7, 2013

Changes in Land-Use Impacts Water Balance in the Ecosystem

A recent article from Hydrological Processes examines groundwater recharge and water quality following changes in land use in an area of the Loess Plateau of China. Changes in land use, particularly transitions between grasslands and forests, have potentially large impacts on water balance and salt fluxes in the ecosystem.

March 20, 2013

A Google Glass app I want made: carbon emissions viewer

A post by Katie Fehrenbacher on GigaOM notes that “Google showed off a few sample apps for its augmented reality Google Glass at the SXSW festival this week.” Katie is very clear about the app at the top of her wish list, “I really want an app that helps people see the world differently and potentially help with important global issues like climate change.” She adds that, “The concept could be pretty simple.

March 15, 2013

Tune in at 8:00 P.M. PDT for a Special Radio Program on Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Emissions

This evening at 8:00 P.M. PSD, there is an hour long KQED (Public Radio for Northern California) radio program related to hydraulic fracturing (Wednesday, March 13th ). The program presents a conversation with Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund; and Rhonda Zygocki, vice president of policy and planning for Chevron and focuses on how natural gas released by hydraulic fracturing is turning energy markets upside down.

March 13, 2013