Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are using a unique method of data gathering to track and predict methane leaks in the natural gas pipelines that run below the streets of Pittsburgh. A collaboration between CMU’s Smart Infrastructure Institute and the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies, the Mobile Methane Laboratory deploys a white paneled van filled with equipment for measuring and detecting methane to detect and map out leaks. The research team then overlays the data onto maps of People’s Gas pipeline infrastructure. Using this data, researchers hope to create a predictive model of what conditions are more likely to cause pipelines to leak.
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