Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Dr. Kim Mueller & Dr. Sharon Gourdji

Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: SRB Auditorium, room 2246

Our guests for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Dr. Kim Mueller & Dr. Sharon Gourdji, both of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Please join us!

Title: "Cities: Frontline for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation"

Abstract: City and State governments are increasingly interested in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to improve sustainability within their jurisdictions.  Estimation of urban GHG emissions remains an active research area with many sources of uncertainty. To support the effort of improving measurement of trace gas emissions in city environments, several federal agencies along with academic, research, and private entities have been working within a handful of domestic metropolitan areas to improve both (1) the assessment of GHG emissions accuracy using a variety of measurement technologies, and (2) the tools that can better assess GHG inventory data at urban mitigation scales based upon these measurements. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) activities have focused on three areas, or testbeds: Indianapolis (INFLUX experiment), Los Angeles (the LA Megacities project), and the Northeastern Corridor areas encompassing Washington and Baltimore (NEC/BW GHG Measurements project).  These cities represent diverse meteorological, terrain, demographic, and emissions characteristics having a broad range of complexities. The different NIST testbeds will be presented along with a proposal to initiate the conceptual development of a reference framework supporting the comparison of multi-city GHG emissions estimates.  Such a reference framework has potential to provide the basis for city governments to choose the measurements and methods that can quantify their GHG and related trace gas emissions at levels commensurate with their needs.


Kim Mueller and Sharon Gourdji work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurements Program which aims to develop advanced tools and standards for accurately measuring GHG emissions in urban environments.

At NIST, Kim’s scientific work mainly focuses on using atmospheric observations of trace gases to better understand human emissions using statistical models. Her previous research investigated carbon cycle processes at various scales. Beyond science, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) congressional fellow in the US House of Representative’s Natural Resources Committee. After her fellowship, she worked with the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) through the Science, Technology, and Policy Institute (STPI) on federal energy and environmental policies. Kim has a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Sharon works at NIST on inverse modeling techniques for estimating urban GHG emissions in terms of both identifying long-term trends and spatial/ sectoral attribution of fluxes.  She is also working on reducing the influence of atmospheric transport model error on inverse model flux estimates.  Prior to her work at NIST, she worked on models for estimating the influence of climate variability and change on agricultural systems as a post-doc at Stanford and as a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Cali, Colombia.  Sharon has a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

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