Mitigation of methane emission hot-spots from municipal landfills

The project aims to improve methane emission monitoring at landfills by combining state-of-the-art soil measurements with a novel application of hyperspectral infrared imaging. The team will also develop methods to reduce emissions using methane-consuming microbes from landfill cover soils. This project targets the large, poorly quantified emissions from Canadian landfills and provides information, tools, and methods for practical solutions.

We are delighted this research has been funded by the Climate Action and Awareness Fund. Our planned research has the potential to address one of the key methane mitigation gaps in Canada, landfill cover soil emissions. Our work aims to develop tools to both more accurately detect and monitor methane emissions from covered landfills, and to reduce methane emissions at the source by enhancing microbially mediated methane oxidation.

Laura Hug

Waterloo Climate Institute member contributions

Laura Hug is the principal investigator and Maria Strack and Kyle Daun are co-investigators. These members are part of a wider team spearheading this important work thanks to Environment and Climate Change Canada's Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF). This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada. 

Laura Hug

Laura Hug

Assistant Professor, Biology; Canada Research Chair

Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active. Her research expands our understanding of the tree of life, while simultaneously developing solutions to address the impacts of human activities on the environment.

Maria Strack

Maria Strack

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Canada Research Chair

Maria Strack's research interests include the interactions between ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry and soil properties in wetland ecosystems, peatland greenhouse gas fluxes in both natural and disturbed ecosystem, and peatland methane dynamics including both fluxes and subsurface storage.

Kyle Daun

Kyle Daun

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Kyle Daun, an expert in radiative transfer and optical diagnostics, is helping the Canadian oil and gas sector deploy spectroscopic techniques for quantifying methane emissions. His work focuses on optical gas imaging using infrared cameras and hyperspectral imaging.

Co-investigators from UWaterloo

  • Fereidoun Rezanezhad 
  • Sherry Schiff 
  • Josh Neufeld 

External Partners

  • Telops, Inc.
  • Region of Waterloo
  • ECCC Waste Reduction and Management Division