Urban Emission Modeling

With urban populations projected to increase by 2.5 billion people by 2050, cities are expected to play a major role towards reducing carbon emissions in coming decades. Our research group is actively developing techniques that can better quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We hope that our science can be used to develop more effective policies for reducing GHG emissions while simultaneously uncovering opportunities for improving energy efficiency.

Currently, we use modeling tools such as HYSPLIT-STILT to simulate the atmospheric transport of urban emissions. Using Bayesian-style inverse modeling techniques, we can use our model analyses to refine estimates of GHGs and atmosphere pollutants. We can also use this sort of modeling tool to optimize the way we measure GHGs and pollutants with our instruments.

This figure shows emission adjustments across the Salt Lake Valley using CO2 measurements from (a) all available observations, (b) non-mobile sites only, (c) mobile sites only, and (d) a single, non-mobile site.

Research Group I am part of the Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research (LAIR) group in the Department of Atmopsheric Sciences at the University of Utah. More information about the group can be found here...

Contact info The University of Utah
Department of Atmospheric Science
WBB Room 713