Towards real-time monitoring of climate action plans

29 March 2023
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2 pm - Kimberly Mueller (NIST)
2.30 pm - Amewu Antoinette Mensah (UGZ)
3 pm - Coffee break
3.30 pm - ICOS Cities Talks: Live Panel Discussion
Panellists: Henrik Steen Andersen (EEA), Kimberly Mueller (NIST), Amewu Antoinette Mensah (UGZ), Ana Maria Isidoro Losada (TUM), Richard Engelen (Copernicus CAMS) and Thomas Lauvaux (URCA)

This discussion concludes a series of three webinars, where the two previous sessions have looked into our current options for monitoring emissions on an urban scale, and how ongoing projects can respond to city needs using satellites, emission inventories, and in-situ data. This third webinar, a live face-to-face panel discussion, tries to find answers questions like how to bring the city climate plans closer to the data, what observations are available, what are city expectations towards science, and what is the availability of data products produced based on urban studies.


Dr. Kim Mueller is a member of the Greenhouse Gas Measurement Program Muellerat the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Her research focuses on characterizing urban and regional CO2 and CH4 emissions.  One key aspect of her work is to statistically assimilate trace gas measurements from various observational platforms (e.g., in-situ towers, aircraft, etc.) with emissions information.  Ultimately, her research is aimed at promoting the program’s goal of developing standardized GHG measurement methods that can be used by interested city, state, and federal actors.  Prior to working at NIST, she worked in the US Congress and at the Science Technology and Policy Institute which supports the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the US White House.

Dr. Amewu Antoinette Mensah is head of the Air Quality division at the City ofAmewu Antoinette Mensah Zurich. The division consists of three teams. One focusses on monitoring of air quality and urban climate, one on law enforcement for domestic heating emissions and one on industrial emissions, mobility and the air quality action plan of the city. All these activities generate a vast amount of data from time series of air pollutants for the last 30 years to 10 by 10 m spatially resolved emission inventories which include greenhouse gases such as CO2, Methane and N2O.

She performed her PhD-research at the Research Center Julich/University of Cologne under the late Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr and has been a researcher in atmospheric aerosol sciences at ETH Zurich until her appointment at the City of Zurich. One of her aims is to increase the mutual benefit between academia and the government by providing data on the one hand and supporting testing and implementation of new scientific knowledge and techniques on the other hand.


Dr. Henrik Steen Andersen is working as Contract Manager at the European Steen AndersenEnvironment Agency (EEA), where he is responsible for the cross-cutting coordination of the Copernicus In Situ Component, a task delegated to the EEA by the European Commission. In that capacity he is cooperating with all Copernicus Entrusted Entities and with data providers in the Copernicus Participating States with a view to identifying Copernicus' cross-cutting requirements for in situ data and common solutions to in situ data access challenges. Henrik Steen Andersen has a Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from the University of Copenhagen. Before joining the EEA, he was working as a manager for several years at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) with special emphasis on weather radars, operational satellite receiving and processing systems, and meteorological IT production systems. He has represented the DMI in technical fora in EUMETSAT, EUMETNET, and ESA

Dipl.-Ing. Ana María Isidoro Losada is a research scientist at the BavarianIsidoro Losada School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich. She conducts research as part of the interdisciplinary joint project "Trans4ReaL - Transfer Research for the Real Laboratories of the Energy Transition on Sector Coupling and Hydrogen" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climat Action (BMWK) and the Horizon 2020 project "PAUL - Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes - Towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases". Her research focuses on socio-technical transformation, energy and resource policy as well as multi-level governance and participatory decision-making processes.

After a decade working as a researcher in the United States, Asst. Prof. LauvauxThomas Lauvaux returned to France as part of the national Make Our Planet Great Again program to support cities, industries, and communities in achieving their greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. By exploring the information collected by atmospheric and space sensors, his work aims to better understand the impact of all human activities on the carbon cycle. His recent findings helped to identify and measure methane leaks from the oil and gas industry, and to monitor the impact of climate plans implemented by major cities and sub-national governments. Author of about a hundred scientific publications, he continues his research in the framework of a Junior Professor Chair within the research units of the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne.

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 event is the third and last of the 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 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.copernicus logococo2 logoriurbans logo