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Understanding the urban carbon budget
Group: Wageningen University, Meteorology and Air Quality
Promotor: Prof.dr. W. Peters
Copromotor: Dr.ir. M.K. van der Molen, dr. H. Denier van der Gon
A majority of the world population lives in cities and urban areas have become large emitters of CO2. Quantification of emissions and trends therein is important in the context of emission reductions and involves some major challenges. In this thesis we try to tackle some of these challenges by exploring different methods and set-ups that can be used to constrain fossil fuel CO2 emissions from an urban area at source sector level. The first challenge is related to the monitoring network configuration, namely what type of observations should be made and in what location. The second challenge is related to the ability of different types of transport models to represent CO2 transport in and around a complex build-up area, which is needed to interpret the observations. Finally, we focus on inverse modelling, a method in which observations and transport models are combined to constrain the urban emissions.
By September we will present an overview of SENSE dissertations on this page, with links to the full texts of the dissertations.