Atmosphere

Current Reaearch

Adil is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement in Gif sur Yvette in the south of Paris, France. His research involves using a vehicle equipped with high precision methane sensors (acquiring in-situ mole fraction measurements), to help to derive near-field, facility scale methane emission fluxes (the mass of methane emitted from a site per second). Adil is also interested in the practical use of cheap semiconductor methane sensors, with the potential to acquire accurate mole fraction measurements. Adil is a member of the Tracking Carbon Emissions (TRACE) programme.

Adil has been particularly interested in facility scale anthropogenic methane emission sources in the UK and western Europe, such as gas extraction sites or cattle farms. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with global background on the increase. While sources of methane are generally well known, the individual contribution of each source to the global methane budget remains highly uncertain. Background atmospheric methane mole fraction is now over twice as high than pre-industrial levels, observed up to 800 000 years in the past.

Cattle are a significant anthropogenic source of biogenic methane

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