The rugged landscape of Papua New Guinea has protected it from severe exploitation, however human activity is still having an effect. With more than 85% of the population working in the farming industry, developing sustainable agricultural production systems has become very important.

Like other members of the UN, Papua New Guinea must report greenhouse gases. Until recently, scientists there were limited to following the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) default guidelines to determine the country’s GHG emissions. To improve their ability to analyze and report GHGs associated with land-use activities, a Picarro G2508 analyzer was taken to a remote research station. Key goals of the mission were to, 1) train academics and researchers on how to obtain better data, and 2) confirm that a sensitive analyzer could withstand the trip.

The G2508 was used to analyze gas concentrations of a continuous flow-through setup, discrete samples taken via syringes, as well as direct analysis such as breath samples. The researchers and academics applied a combination of current-state-of the art technology with traditional calculations with chalk on a blackboard. They got some interesting results.