Emissions and Isotopes
Understanding the generation and evolution of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants is the first step for their reduction and therefore essential for our climate, health and well-being. This, however, requires precise knowledge of the involved source and reduction processes.
The Group for Emissions and Isotopes provides analytical tools and technical know-how for the characterization and quantification of air pollution. We serve the industry, policy makers and the public with a thorough understanding of anthropogenic and natural emissions. Our main activities focus on the analysis of trace gases and their isotopes to quantify emissions, identify precursors and trace transformation pathways. An overview of ongoing project activities can be found below.
Nitrous oxide isotopic analysis
Trace-N2O: N2O from the Swiss midlands – regional sources and hot spots
Global N2O cycle: Assessment of the global N2O budget based on seasonal and long-term isotope measurements at Jungfraujoch and the Cape Grim Air Archive
Clumped isotopes as a novel tracer for the N2O cycle
ISOMOL: Advanced understanding of autotrophic nitrogen removal and associated N2O emissions in mixed nitritation-anammox systems through combined stable ISOtopic and MOLecular constraints
SIRS: Metrology for stable isotope reference standards
Laboratory studies: N2O emissions and isotopic signatures from abiotic processes and soil and wastewater incubation experiments.
Ambient studies above grassland and from pristine soils
HIGHGAS: Metrology for High Impact GreenHouse GASes
Methane isotopic analysis
Ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
EVS: Emissionsversuchsstall - Experimental dairy housing for quantifying methane and ammonia emission abatement strategies under entire herd conditions
EMIRI: Ammonia and PM10 emission of naturally ventilated dairy housing with solid floor and an outdoor exercise area in Switzerland
ESAS: Ammonia and PM10 emission from closed housing and housing combined with open exercise yards for growing-finishing pigs
Carbon dioxide isotopic analysis
CO2 isotope measurements at Jungfraujoch
FOCAWIN I + II: Fossil carbon dioxide emissions from waste incineration facilities. The determination of biogenic vs. fossil CO2 emissions during waste incineration by 14CO2 analysis