EGU General Assembly 2021
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Application of Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for Remote Detection of Agricultural NH3 Emissions over Netherlands

Olga Bashalkhanova1,4, Mark Shephard1, Enrico Dammers2, Andrew Kovachik1,4, Roy Wichink Kruit5, and Karen Cady-Pereira3
Olga Bashalkhanova et al.
  • 1Environment and Climate Change Canada, Toronto, Canada
  • 2Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 3Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Lexington, USA
  • 4University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
  • 5RIVM, Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, Netherlands

Satellite observations have great potential for monitoring emissions and concentrations of atmospheric species. This is especially true for atmospheric ammonia (NH3), which varies greatly in space and time and is difficult to measure in-situ due to its sticky nature.  NH3 measurements are important as NH3 is a significant contributor to the production of secondary inorganic aerosols (PM2.5) and can add excessive reactive nitrogen to the environment. In this study we demonstrate how satellite remote sensing observations can be used to monitor changes in NH3 concentrations by evaluating timeseries of Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) satellite data with in-situ NH3 concentrations and meteorological parameters (i.e. soil temperature and soil moisture). We provide an example demonstrating the capability to monitor the annual springtime increase in atmospheric NH3 concentrations in Netherlands, which is mainly associated with farming practices (e.g. manure spreading on fields in the springtime). We then combine these satellite observations of NH3 with meteorological conditions, with the goal of developing a model to predict the timing of ammonia emissions based on past agricultural practices in the area (e.g. artificial fertilizer and manure spreading).    

How to cite: Bashalkhanova, O., Shephard, M., Dammers, E., Kovachik, A., Wichink Kruit, R., and Cady-Pereira, K.: Application of Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for Remote Detection of Agricultural NH3 Emissions over Netherlands, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5581,, 2021.

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