Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 1291–1308, 2019
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 1291–1308, 2019
Review article
22 Aug 2019
Review article | 22 Aug 2019

The Utah urban carbon dioxide (UUCON) and Uintah Basin greenhouse gas networks: instrumentation, data, and measurement uncertainty

Ryan Bares et al.

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We overview two near-surface trace gas measurement networks with the aim of describing procedures, locations, and data structure with sufficient detail to serve as an in-depth method reference. Additionally, we developed a novel method for quantifying measurement uncertainty produced by these networks providing insight into appropriate applications of the data and differences in data collection methods. This uncertainty metric is broadly applicable to many trace gas and air quality datasets.