What are the main emissions? Recent remote sensing reveals top methane sources in oil & gas



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D Cusworth

D Cusworth

E Sherwin

E Sherwin

Mr D Burtt

Mr D Burtt

What are the main emissions?

Insights from recent remote sensing studies into the top sources of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry

Remote sensing or top-down studies have played a huge roll in changing our perspective as to which methane emissions sources represent the low hanging fruit.  Satellites and flyover studies are well equipped to recognize super-emitters, by virtue of their high MDL and the size of the sources.  Persistent emissions are also well detected by repeated remote sensing studies conducted with some frequency.  What can we learn from these studies to help prioritize abatement and monitoring activities on the ground?  Three experts will be joining us to share their learnings and what surprised them in this part of the Methane Guiding Principles technical webinar series, designed to accelerate the adoption of methane mitigation technology.

Speaker Bios:

Damon Burtt  is a mechanical engineer working as a consultant for Carbon Limits, a climate change consultancy based in Oslo, Norway. His area of expertise is methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. At Carbon Limits, his roles are focused on capacity building for helping organizations understand methane emissions from oil and gas operations, including the development of training materials for industry and stakeholders on flaring emissions. He has delivered training that is used to support stakeholders with the development of methane inventories for oil and gas operations. He has been involved in the development of the MIST software developed by Carbon Limits, and support companies to successfully deploy MIST to develop a comprehensive methane inventory. He also performs technical analysis of methane detection and quantification technology, statistical analysis of satellite imagery, and assisting a variety of stakeholders to comply with voluntary initiatives such as OGMP 2.0. Damon has both technical and in-field experience in the upstream oil and gas industry quantifying greenhouse gas emissions. Damon holds an MSc. in mechanical engineering from Carleton University where he focused on quantifying the combustion efficiency and methane emissions of flares subject to a turbulent crosswind.


Evan Sherwin  is a data-informed energy policy analyst investigating the role of hydrocarbon fuels in a rapidly decarbonizing economy. Much of his research focuses on leveraging emerging technologies and datasets to find and fix methane emissions across the oil and gas value chain. Evan is a Research Scientist in the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Systems department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After receiving a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and an MS in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University, Evan conducted postdoctoral work studying methane emissions in Stanford University’s Department of Energy Science & Engineering. Evan is the founder and chair of the Methane Emissions Technology Alliance international webinar series.


Dan Cusworth is Project Scientist for Carbon Mapper. Carbon Mapper’s mission is to drive greenhouse gas emission reductions by making methane and carbon dioxide data accessible and actionable. Dan oversees algorithm development, validation, analysis, and applications of satellite greenhouse gas datasets. He was formerly a Data Scientist JPL and Research Scientist at University of Arizona and worked on quantification of anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions from regional to facility scales. He received his B.S. in Applied Math/Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University.

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