Location: Soil and Water Management Research
Project Number: 5062-12000-008-10
Start Date: Jan 01, 2011
End Date: Jun 30, 2013
Based on a high level of U.S. and international interest in improved methods to replace historic landfill methane generation modeling with a model specifically for emissions inclusive of seasonal methane oxidation, this proposed project is a cost-effective extension and expansion of the model developed under a prior project (ARS project # 3645-11000-003-01R, Improved GHG Inventory Methods for California). As developed, the freely-available user-friendly JAVA model for California (CALMIM, California Landfill Methane Inventory Model) is an IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) “Tier IV” model using “advanced methods” for site-specific emissions which are summed to provide regional inventory data. As a logical follow-up, we are now proposing to facilitate a broader U.S. and international field validation with a structured project to match existing and continuing international datasets for emissions and oxidation to the existing model, and fine-tune the modeling, as appropriate, for application to the U.S. as a whole and internationally.