Urban emission monitoring - general overview of current options

25 January 2023
ICOS Cities Talks


Many cities around the world have set ambitious emission reduction targets and are developing climate action plans. To properly follow-up on the mitigation effects a reliable monitoring and verification system is needed. There are different approaches including “bottom-up” and “top-down”. Bottom-up generally means following trends in emission inventories which can be of various levels of sophistication, whereas the top-down approach also includes measurements. We will give an overview of the capabilities, their limitations, and possible applications for the cities.


Dominik BrunnerDominik Brunner leads the group Atmospheric Modelling and Remote Sensing at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science Empa and is a professor at the department for Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. A key research topic of his group is to combine ground-based and satellite observations with atmospheric transport models to quantify the emissions from individual sources, cities or countries. 

Jeroen Kuenen is a senior scientist working at TNO. He has 15+ years experience inJeroen Kuenen developing and applying emission inventories, mostly at national and European scales. He is an active member of the UNECE Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections, where he has contributed significantly to the development of guidance material for emission inventories over the years. In addition, he has worked on European emission inventories for modelling purposes, the CAMS-REG inventories. His current research focus is on the emissions of particulates, and recent work includes improved and consistent emission inventories for PM emissions from wood combustion and the development of an emission inventory for ultrafine particles.

Ingrid Super is a scientist at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied ScientificDominik Brunner Research (TNO). She works in the team responsible for compiling European emission inventories in the framework of the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) and many other European projects. She tries to develop innovative methods to improve the current emission inventories, for example by combining statistical (AI) methods and local activity data to calculate high-resolution, near-real time emissions for cities.

ICOS Cities Talks is a webinar series on greenhouse gas measurement and climate change in urban landscapes. In the series, international experts representing various fields will present a current topic for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and a discussion. Check out all the ICOS Cities talks here!

This talk is the first part of a new ICOS Cities Talks series: 
Three talks about Urban Monitoring and Verification Systems (UMVS)

The series is co-produced with the COINS project, RI-URBANS and CoCO2. The second talk in the series, is preliminarily scheduled for March 1st when project representatives will present and discuss their work in relation to urban monitoring and verification of emissions. The series will finish with a live panel discussion focusing on questions related to real-time monitoring of climate action plans. It will be hosted live at the ICOS Cities annual meeting and will be open for online participation as well.

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