Joost de Gouw

Joost de Gouw photo

Research Physicist, separated

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Dr. Joost de Gouw is a research physicist with the Chemical Sciences Division of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He joined the Laboratory in 2001 after receiving advanced degrees in physics from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1994, a postdoctoral appointment with the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a research faculty appointment with the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research of the University of Utrecht.

Joost de Gouw's personal research interests are focused on the sources and chemical transformations of organic compounds in the atmosphere, and the role that these processes play in air quality and climate understanding. To study these processes, he uses field measurements of volatile organic compounds by mass spectrometry and gas chromatography from various platforms including research aircraft. His current projects include the formation of secondary species including organic aerosol from anthropogenic and biogenic precursors, the atmospheric impacts of energy sources such as corn ethanol, shale oil and natural gas, and the characterization of biomass burning emissions including those from wildfires, agricultural and residential wood burning.

Joost de Gouw has served as Principal and co-Principal Investigator on several NOAA field missions including the airborne Southeast Nexus (SENEX) study in 2013 and the airborne Shale Oil and Natural Gas Nexus (SONGNEX) study in 2015. He has been a Fellow of CIRES since 2008 and has served as Associate Director of CIRES' Environmental Chemistry Division since 2013. He was appointed an Adjoint Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. Dr. de Gouw was an Editor of the American Geophysical Union's Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres from 2009 until 2013. He received the CIRES Outstanding Performance Award in 2007, and was a co-recipient of the Colorado Governor's Award for High-Impact Research in 2012 and again in 2014.


Ph.D., Physics, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1994

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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