Bavarian Minister President Dr. Söder visited our MUCCnet

The Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder visited the Professorship of Environmental Sensing and Modelling on the morning of October 11, 2021. Together with TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann, he was informed from Professor Jia Chen about the worldwide unique sensor network MUCCnet.

Prof. Chen erklärt Ministerpräsident Söder und TUM Präsident Hofmann das Messsystem (© Jörg Koch / Bayerische Staatskanzlei)
© Jörg Koch / Bayerische Staatskanzlei
Ministerpräsident Söder aktiviert das MUCCnet (© Jörg Koch / Bayerische Staatskanzlei)


High above the rooftops of Munich on an early Monday morning in October, Minister President Söder visited the central sensor station for measuring Munich's greenhouse gases at Technical University of Munich. The station is part of the sensor network MUCCnet (Munich Urban Carbon Column network, and has already been measuring the concentrations of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane fully automatically since 2016. Dr. Söder listened with high interest to Prof. Jia Chen's explanations of how the greenhouse gas emissions, with the help of the five novel optical measurement systems, can be measured. Until now, almost all cities worldwide have relied on calculations of emissions when it comes to complying with the Paris agreement. According to Prof. Chen, however, this has the disadvantage that previously unknown or incorrectly quantified emission sources cannot be correctly taken into account.

Minister President Dr. Söder was enthusiastic about the idea of not having to rely solely on calculated emission values in the future and suggested that, in addition to the already existing urban sensor network in Munich, another sensor network can be established in a rural city. Afterwards, emission reduction measures could be optimized and adjusted. Specifically, he mentioned Straubing as a possible location.


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