Greenhouse Gas Monitoring: Observational Needs for Policy Goals

March 4, 2010, 12:00 -1:30 PM
SVC 202/203 Capitol Visitors Center


Countries around the world are pledging to limit their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and decision makers at all levels of government are developing policies to mitigate emissions and adapt to their impacts. Reliable means of monitoring GHG sources and sinks globally are necessary to better understand their locations, amounts, and rates, in order to support verification of international claims and to evaluate the effectiveness of policy actions. This is not a simple matter, as forests, oceans, agriculture, power plants, and other factors all affect the flux of GHGs in the atmosphere. This briefing will look at current assets and future needs for assessing greenhouse gas emissions to evaluate policy tools and reduction claims.

Image from Riley Duren’s presentation


ACS Science & the Congress Project

Honorary Host

The Senate Science & Technology Caucus


Opening Remarks

Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director, ACS

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Featured Speakers



Jane Leggett Congressional Research Service Presentation Slides BioEmail  



Dennis Tirpak World Resources Institute Remarks BioEmail



Bill Irving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presentation Slides BioEmail  



Riley Duren NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Presentation Slides BioEmail  

Related Content

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: Fast Facts brochure

Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Fact Sheet

Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule Overview

U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program

U.S. Climate Change Science Program

2nd Greenhouse Gas Information System Workshop

Report, May 2009

Resources for the Future

Congressional Research Service

Chemical and Engineering News

Verifying Emission Cuts ,” C&EN Online March 8, 2010

Monitoring Greenhouse Gases ,” C&EN August 9, 2010