The atmospheric trace gas, methane (CH4), affects the radiative heat balance of the earth. Measurements of the carbon and hydrogen isotopes in atmospheric methane are used to relate this climatically important greenhouse gas to its sources. An important part of this work is to determine the variation with height and latitude in the very clean air south of New Zealand to determine the transport of ... methane from the northern hemisphere. Large whole air samples (1000-1400 litres) were collected from a compressor system aboard the supply aircrafts operating between Christchurch and McMurdo (Hercules – C130, Starlifter – C141 and the Globemaster - C17). Samples were analysed for methane concentrations and the isotopic ratios of 14C and 13C. The use of different aircrafts offers the ability to measure the vertical distribution of methane and the isotopic ratios within the troposphere and stratosphere along a latitudinal transect.
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Lowe, D.C. Brenninkmeijer, C.A.M. Brailsford, G.W. Lassey, K.R. Gomez, A.J. Nisbet, E.G. Concentration and 13C records of atmospheric methane in New Zealand and Antarctica: evidence for changes in methane sources. Journal of geophysical research 99(D8): 16,913-16,925, 1994.
Brenninkmeijer, C.A.M. Roberts, P.A. An air-driven pressure booster pump for aircraft-based air sampling. Journal of atmospheric and oceanic technology 11(6): 1664-1671, 1994.
Brenninkmeijer, C.A. Lowe, D.C. Manning, M.R. Sparks, R.J. van Velthoven, P.F. The 13C, 14C and 18O isotopic composition of CO, CH4 and CO2 in the higher southern latitudes lower stratosphere. Journal of geophysical research 100(D12): 26,163-26,172, 1995.
Brailsford, G.W., Lowe, D.C., Roberts, P.A., Bromley, A.M., Moss, R.C. and Ussler, W. 1995. Interannual variability of 13C in Atmospheric Methane in the Antarctic. EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union (Abstracts Fall 1995 meeting paper A31D-11) 76(46): 100.
Manning, M.R. Pearman, G.I. Etheridge, D.M. Fraser, P.J. Lowe, D.C. Steele, L.P. Changing composition of the atmosphere. in: Greenhouse: coping with climate change.Bouma W.J. Pearman G.I. Manning M.R. (eds) Collingwood: CSIRO Australia. 1996. pp.3-26 ISBN 0643056882
Mak, J.E., Manning, M.R. and Lowe, D.C. 2000. Aircraft observations of δ13C of atmospheric methane over the Pacific in August 1991 and 1993: Evidence of an enrichment in 13CH4 in the Southern Hemisphere. Journal of Geophysical Research 105: 1329.
Lowe, D.C., Allan, W., Manning, M.R., Bromley, T., Brailsford, G., Ferretti, D., Gomes, A., Knobben, R., Martin, R., Mei,Z., Moss, R., Koshy, K. and Maata, M. 1999. Shipboard determinations of the distributions of 13C in atmospheric methane in the Pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research 104: 26, 125-126, 135.
Allan, W. Lowe, D.C. Gomez, A.J. Struthers, H. Brailsford, G.W. Interannual variation of 13C in tropospheric methane: implications for possible atomic chlorine sink in the marine boundary layer. Journal of geophysical research 110: D11306, 2005.
Brailsford, G.W. Interannual variability of 13C in atmospheric methane in the Antarctic. Eos 76(46): 100, 1995.