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GHG monitoring network of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

We are currently in the process of implementing a GHG monitoring network of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), consisting of online-gas analyzers (PICARRO analyzer G-2301) to measure the concentrations of CO2, CH4, and H2O. The network is designed to include the various land uses of the AMB to capture the heterogeneity of the city. Currently, four stations are up and running: Collserola forest (Observatori Fabra, since 2/2022), the urban coastline (Instituto de Ciencias del Mar- CSIC), an urban park amidst highly built area (UPC-IDAEA, since 9/2021), and close to densely-used highway (ICTA-UAB, since 2020). The data is now publicly accessible from ICOS cities portal and can be downloaded here. The GHG concentrations of the previous day can be visualized by clicking over the map.

About the equipment and calibrations: the air inlet location (lat, lon, masl) is specified for each site on the interactive map. The Picarro instrument uses cavity ring down spectroscopy technique to measure CO2, CH4 and H2O data every 10 seconds at a frequency of 1 Hz with a precision of <200 ppb for CO2, <1.5 ppb for CH4 and <150 ppm for H2O according to manufacturer’s specifications. The measured values are corrected for water vapor and a linear calibration is performed periodically in the laboratory using six NOAA reference gases. An auxiliary pump is used to conduct the air to the instrument at a flow rate of 8 L/min through a 20m 1/2″ diameter Synflex piping.

Citation: Villalba Mendez, G., Curcoll, R., 2024. Greenhouse gas observations from the metropolitan area of Barcelona by ICTA-UAB. https://doi.org/10.18160/F30R-2P4J