Methane (CH4) is an important greenhouse gas. Its influence on global warming is 25 times as strong as carbon dioxide. However, although successful European and international synthesis initiatives for carbon dioxide fluxes have existed for several years now, methane science still has some catching up to do in this respect.
This should be alleviated by the present workshop. The organizers want to initiate an international network of scientists working in methane research and hope to develop strategies for standardized community data storage. In addition, work on various publications will be taken up, for example on the state of knowledge regarding the various measurement techniques and their standardization, but also regarding the global analysis of the climate and environmental influences on methane fluxes.
The workshop was jointly initiated by Prof. Lars Kutzbach (KlimaCampus, University of Hamburg), Dr. Miguel Mahecha (Max Planck Institute for Soil Chemistry in Jena), Prof. Timo Vesala (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Patrick Crill (University of Stockholm). A total of 29 scientists from 11 European countries as well as the USA are taking part. The ESF will support 29 "Exploratory Workshops" in 2012 with the objective of advancing European cooperation in innovative fields of science.
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