Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 697–751, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-697-2016
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 697–751, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-697-2016

Review article 12 Dec 2016

Review article | 12 Dec 2016

The global methane budget 2000–2012

Marielle Saunois et al.

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An accurate assessment of the methane budget is important to understand the atmospheric methane concentrations and trends and to provide realistic pathways for climate change mitigation. The various and diffuse sources of methane as well and its oxidation by a very short lifetime radical challenge this assessment. We quantify the methane sources and sinks as well as their uncertainties based on both bottom-up and top-down approaches provided by a broad international scientific community.