Quantifying short-lived climate forcers: methane and brown carbon

Speaker: Shane Murphy, University of Wyoming

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Location: Room 2A305, DSRC (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder
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Methane and black carbon aerosol are thought to be the two most important short-lived climate forcers. Emissions from oil and gas production represent a major emission source of methane while emissions from wildfires are the dominant global source of absorbing aerosol. In this talk I will present recent results from our group’s measurements of methane and associated volatile organic compound emissions from a variety of oil and gas production basins in the United States, including the Permian Basin. Both results and methodology concerns will be discussed. I will also present recent airborne and ground-based measurements of the optical properties of aerosol emitted from biomass burning in the Western United States. These observations will include results from the recent WE-CAN project on the NCAR C-130 aircraft.

Shane Murphy is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a PhD from Caltech in 2009 focused on chamber measurements. He completed a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NOAA where he developed a single-particle single-scattering albedo measurement. His research at the University of Wyoming focuses on aerosol optical properties and atmospheric impacts of oil and gas development.