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Title: Methane Ebullition in Temperate Hydropower Reservoirs and Implications for US Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Abstract

The United States is home to more than 87,000 dams, 2,198 of which are actively used for hydropower production. With the December 2015 consensus adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement, it is imperative for the U.S. to accurately quantify greenhouse gas fluxes from its hydropower reservoirs. Methane ebullition, or methane bubbles originating from river or lake sediments, can account for nearly all of a reservoir’s methane emissions to the atmosphere. However, methane ebullition in hydropower reservoirs has been studied in only three temperate locations, none of which are in the United States. This study measures high ebullitive methane fluxes from two hydropower reservoirs in eastern Washington, synthesizes the known information about methane ebullition from tropical, boreal, and temperate hydropower reservoirs, and investigates the implications for U.S. hydropower management and growth.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1398198
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-115464
Journal ID: ISSN 0364-152X
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 60; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0364-152X
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Hydropower; Methane; Greenhouse gas

Citation Formats

Miller, Benjamin L., Arntzen, Evan V., Goldman, Amy E., and Richmond, Marshall C. Methane Ebullition in Temperate Hydropower Reservoirs and Implications for US Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0909-1.
Miller, Benjamin L., Arntzen, Evan V., Goldman, Amy E., & Richmond, Marshall C. Methane Ebullition in Temperate Hydropower Reservoirs and Implications for US Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. United States. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0909-1.
Miller, Benjamin L., Arntzen, Evan V., Goldman, Amy E., and Richmond, Marshall C. Fri . "Methane Ebullition in Temperate Hydropower Reservoirs and Implications for US Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions". United States. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0909-1.
@article{osti_1398198,
title = {Methane Ebullition in Temperate Hydropower Reservoirs and Implications for US Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions},
author = {Miller, Benjamin L. and Arntzen, Evan V. and Goldman, Amy E. and Richmond, Marshall C.},
abstractNote = {The United States is home to more than 87,000 dams, 2,198 of which are actively used for hydropower production. With the December 2015 consensus adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement, it is imperative for the U.S. to accurately quantify greenhouse gas fluxes from its hydropower reservoirs. Methane ebullition, or methane bubbles originating from river or lake sediments, can account for nearly all of a reservoir’s methane emissions to the atmosphere. However, methane ebullition in hydropower reservoirs has been studied in only three temperate locations, none of which are in the United States. This study measures high ebullitive methane fluxes from two hydropower reservoirs in eastern Washington, synthesizes the known information about methane ebullition from tropical, boreal, and temperate hydropower reservoirs, and investigates the implications for U.S. hydropower management and growth.},
doi = {10.1007/s00267-017-0909-1},
journal = {Environmental Management},
issn = {0364-152X},
number = 4,
volume = 60,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {7}
}

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