A new look into the sources and impacts of greenhouse gases in China
19 May 2020 | Mitigation
China's implementation of a national carbon trading market to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires reliable and timely information on GHG sources and impacts. Recent GHG monitoring and modeling studies provide new GHG emission estimates to help policymakers guide progress toward emission reductions.
"Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Application in China," a joint special issue of three journals details the latest observations and findings presented by researchers at the First China Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Conference, held in Beijing from May 30 to 31 in 2019.
Reporting on carbon dioxide distribution in Xi'an City, ozone flux over a maize field, hydrofluorocarbon emissions in the Yangtze river delta and stratosphere-troposphere exchanges of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide above China, these and other studies presented in this comprehensive Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (AAS) issue reflect China's improved atmospheric GHG measurement techniques.
"As a nation heavily impacted by climate change, China has implemented many actions to respond to this global challenge," said Dr. Pengfei Han, of the State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modelling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics of Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Han is one of the organizers of the joint special issue. "These efforts provide scientific understanding, technical support and solutions for major issues such as energy conservation and emissions reduction, carbon market transactions and low-carbon development."
Along with this special issue, the China Carbon Monitoring Alliance has been established, and a data resources platform was established to provide opportunities for collaborations.