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Second International Workshop On Remote Sensing Of Emissions
New Technologies And Recent Work, April 1-3, 2008

The Second International Workshop on Remote Sensing of Emissions: New Technologies and Recent Work was held April 1-3, 2008. The workshop was sponsored by the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Office of Research and Development, and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. At the workshop, studies involving the use of differential absorption light detection and ranging systems (DIAL), solar occultation flux (SOF), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques at petroleum related facilities in the Houston, TX area and open path techniques for use at other types of facilities were discussed.

The sponsors organized this second International workshop for the purpose of:

  1. Summarizing the capabilities of open path technologies and relating them to estimation methods now in use,
  2. Exploring current applications of open path technologies, and
  3. Evaluating the ways and means for expanding the use of these technologies in evaluating and reducing fugitive emissions.

Workshop discussions focused mainly on recent field studies in the Houston, TX area but also included recent work elsewhere such as in Canada and Sweden. The general conclusion by attendees is that remote emission measurements do work and give interesting results (generally much higher emission values than previous estimates). Attendees were consistent in wanting regulatory agencies to promote the use of remote sensing techniques in order to arrive at the true emissions from both smokestacks and fugitive sources. This would lead to (1) correct data for inclusion into emission inventories for proper modeling, and (2) development of better control strategies for emission reductions.

The workshop summary is organized into five main sections. The first section summarizes 14 technical presentations made by invited speakers. Appendix C contains the speakers PowerpointT presentations.

The panel discussion section contains three panel discussions with a question and answer session following each panel.

The small groups section summarizes the findings of three breakout groups. Each group was given a topic of concern and asked to relate it to information presented during the course of the workshop. They were asked to report on any barriers to conveying the information or implementing programs, suggest ways of overcoming these barriers, and draw up a set of recommendations for each topic of concern.

The recommendations summary section consolidates and summarizes recommendations made by the breakout groups.

Remote Sensing of Emissions - Workshop Summary. (PDF 1.3M)
This document includes links to all of the sections described above.

Remote Sensing of Emissions Workshop, all sections. (ZIP 28M)
You can download the entire summary and extract the files to a folder.

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