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


Eric Kort

Eric A. Kort

Assistant Professor

Office: 2553 Space Research Building
Phone: (734) 763-8414
Fax: (734) 764-0437
[ Link to website ]


Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                           

S.M., Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                                                         

B.A., Physics (with Honors), minor Mathematics, Pomona College, Claremont, CA                      


  • Ground-based, Airborne, and Space-based observations of atmospheric trace gases
  • High-resolution regional & inverse modeling
  • Greenhouse gases & pollutants
  • Atmosphere-biosphere & atmosphere-ocean interactions

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science award (2014)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS, 2013)
  • W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research, Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined, 2011)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, Fall Meeting, AGU 2010
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2007-2010)
  • Edmunds Physics Prize, Pomona College (2004)
  • Tileston Physics Prize, Pomona College (2003)


Selected publications (see webpage for complete list):

Kort EA, Frankenberg C, Costigan KR, Lindemaier R, Dubey MK, Wunch D, Four Corners: the largest US methane anomaly viewed from space, Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (19), 6898-6903, doi:10.1002/2014GL061503, 2014.

Gray JM, Frolking S, Kort EA, Ray DK, Kucharik CJ, Ramankutty N, Friedl MA, Direct human influence on atmospheric CO2 seasonality from increased cropland productivity, Nature, 515 (7527), 398-401, doi:10.1038/nature13957, 2014.

Yacovitch TI, Herndon SC, Roscioli JR, Floerchinger C, McGovern RM, Agnese M, Petron G, Kofler J, Sweeney C, Karion A, Conley SA, Kort EA, Nahle L, Fischer M, Hildebrandt L, Koeth J, McManus BJ, Nelson DD, Zahniser M, Kolb CE, Demonstration of an Ethane Spectrometer for Methane Source Identification, Environ. Sci. Tech., 48 (14), pp 8028-8034, doi: 10.1021/es501475q, 2014.

Brandt AR, Heath GA, Kort EA, O’Sullivan F, Petron G, Jordaan SM, Tans P, Wilcox J, Gopstein AM, Arent D, Wofsy S, Brown NJ, Bradley R, Stucky GD, Eardley D, Harriss R, Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems, Science, 343(6172), 733-735, 2014.

Miller SM, Wofsy SC, Michalak AM, Kort EA, Andrews AE, Biraud S, Dlugokencky E, Eluszkiewicz J, Fischer ML, Janssens-Maenhout G, Miller BR, Miller, JB, Montzka S, Nehrkorn T, and Sweeney C, Anthropogenic emissions of methane in the United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1314392110, 2013.

Kort EA, Angevine W, Duren R, Miller CE, Surface observations for monitoring urban fossil fuel CO2 emissions: minimum site location requirements for the Los Angeles megacity, J. Geophys. Res.,  doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50135, 2013.

Xiang B, Miller SM, Kort EA, Santoni GW, Daube BC, Commane R, Pittman JV, Angevine W, Ryerson T, Trainer M, Andrews AE, Nehrkorn T, and Wofsy SC, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Emissions from California based on 2010 CalNex Airborne Measurements, in press, J. Geophys. Res., 118(7), 2809-2820, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50189, 2013.

Kort EA, Frankenberg C, Miller CE, and Oda T, Space-based Observations of Megacity Carbon Dioxide, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 39, L17806, doi: 10.1029/2012GL052738, 2012.

Wennberg PO, Mui W, Wunch D, Kort EA, Blake DR, Atlas EL, Santoni GW, Wofsy SC, Diskin GS, Jeong S, and Fischer ML, On the Sources of Methane to the Los Angeles Atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (17), pp 9282-9289, doi: 10.1021/es301138y, 2012.

Kort EA, Wofsy SC, Daube BC, Diao M, Elkins JW, Gao RS, Hintsa EJ, Hurst DF, Jimenez R, Moore FL, Spackman JR, and Zondlo MA, Atmospheric observations of high latitude Arctic Ocean methane emissions up to 82°north, Nature Geoscience, 5, 318-321, doi:10.1038/ngeo1452, 2012.

Miller SM, Kort EA, Hirsch AI, Dlugokencky EJ, Andrews AE, Xu X, Tian H, Nehrkorn T, Eluszkiewicz J, Michalak AM, and Wofsy SC, Regional sources of nitrous oxide over the United States: seasonal variation and spatial distribution, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D06310, doi:10.1029/2011JD016951, 2012.

Kort EA, Patra PK, Ishijima K, Daube BC, Jiménez R, Elkins J, Hurst D, Moore FL, Sweeney C, and Wofsy SC, Tropospheric distribution and variability of N2O: Evidence for strong tropical emissions, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 38, L15806, doi:10.1029/2011GL047612, 2011.

Wofsy SC, & HIPPO team, HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO): Fine grained, global scale measurements for determining rates for transport, surface emissions, and removal of climatically important atmospheric gases and aerosols, Phil. Trans. of the Royal Society A, 369(1943), 2073-2086, 2011.

Kort EA, Andrews AE, Dlugokencky EJ, Sweeney C, Hirsch, A, Eluszkiewicz J, Nehrkorn T, Michalak AM, Stephens BB, Gerbig C, Miller JB, Kaplan J, Houweling S, Daube BC, Tans PP, Wofsy SC, Atmospheric constraints on 2004 emissions of methane and nitrous oxide in North America from atmospheric measurements and a receptor-oriented modeling framework, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 7: 2, 125-133, doi:10.1080/19438151003767483, 2010.

Kort EA, Eluszkiewicz J, Stephens BB, Miller JB, Gerbig C,  Nehrkorn T, Daube BC, Kaplan JO, Houweling S, Wofsy SC, Emissions of CH4 and N2O over the United States and Canada based on a receptor-oriented modeling framework and COBRA-NA atmospheric observations, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 35, L18808, doi:10.1029/2008GL034031, 2008.


Updated: 2017-03-27