Atmospheric Methane

Its Role in the Global Environment

  • Mohammad Aslam Khan Khalil

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Atmospheric Methane: An Introduction

    1. M. A. K. Khalil
      Pages 1-8
  3. Record of Atmospheric Methane

    1. J. Chappellaz, D. Raynaud, T. Blunier, B. Stauffer
      Pages 9-24
  4. Formation and Consumption of Methane

  5. Sources and Sinks

    1. M. A. K. Khalil, M. J. Shearer, R. A. Rasmussen
      Pages 86-97
    2. M. A. K. Khalil, M. J. Shearer
      Pages 98-111
  6. Methane Emissions from Individual Sources

    1. D. E. Johnson, K. A. Johnson, G. M. Ward, M. E. Branine
      Pages 112-133
    2. H.-U. Neue, P. A. Roger
      Pages 134-169
    3. M. J. Shearer, M. A. K. Khalil
      Pages 170-189
    4. Joel S. Levine, Wesley R. Cofer III, Joseph P. Pinto
      Pages 190-201
    5. Elaine Matthews
      Pages 202-233
    6. Susan A. Thorneloe, Morton A. Barlaz, Rebecca Peer, L. C. Huff, Lee Davis, Joe Mangino
      Pages 234-262
    7. David A. Kirchgessner
      Pages 263-279
    8. A. G. Judd
      Pages 280-303
  7. The Environmental Role of Methane and Current Issues

    1. Donald J. Wuebbles, Katharine A. S. Hayhoe, Rao Kotamarthi
      Pages 304-341
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-351

About this book


Methane is an important greenhouse gas that can cause global warming. The present concentrations of methane are nearly three times higher than several hundred years ago. Today, more than 60% of the atmospheric methane comes from human activities, including rice agriculture, coal mining, natural gas usage, biomass burning, and raising of cattle. Methane affects the stratospheric ozone layer and the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere, which in turn control the concentrations of many man-made and natural gases in the atmosphere. This book brings together our knowledge of the trends and the causes behind the increased levels of methane. Based on the scientific information on the sources and sinks, and the role of methane in global warming, strategies to limit emissions can be designed as part of a program to control future global warming.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Aslam Khan Khalil
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08451-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04145-1
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