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GISS Global Methane and Livestock Distribution, 1-Degree

| DOI: 10.5065/EX7M-NB84

A global high resolution data base of animal population densities and associated methane (CH4) emissions has been developed at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA/GISS). The animal population statistics were based primarily on the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) compilations and other sources. The animals were distributed using a 1-degree by 1-degree resolution data base of countries and land-use (Matthews, 1983). The animals included are cattle and dairy cows, water buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, horses, and caribou. Estimates of methane production from each animal type were applied to the animal populations to yield a global distribution of methane emissions by animals. About 55% of the global annual emissions was concentrated between 25 N and 55 N. Estimates of methane emissions from animals were based on the research by Crutzen et al. (1986).

Temporal Range:
1972 to 1982
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Lerner, J., E. Matthews, and I. Fung, 1988: Methane emission from animals: A global high-resolution data base Global Biochemical Cycles, 2(2), 139-156.

Total Volume:
13.76 MB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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