This workshop will provide an overview of methane monitoring programs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its research partners with a focus on facility-scale remote sensing technology and what that brings to management of methane fugitive emissions. The session will also cover the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Odor Mitigation Case Study, in which the landfill operators and the Local Enforcement Agency shared data and information with JPL to collaborate/validate the methodologies/model utilized to estimate methane flux, and also validate the effectiveness of the odor and landfill emissions mitigation measures implemented by Republic Services (owner/operator of landfill). The recently published Nature paper and other companion papers using these technologies have led to a groundswell of interest from decision makers and the solid waste industry. Decision makers in the City and County of Los Angeles and across the State of California are now regarding methane emissions from landfills as the one of the largest emerging areas of interest and feel it is one of the biggest gaps in methane mitigation globally.
The Methane Source Finder website can be accessed at https://methane.jpl.nasa.gov/