Wofsy, Steven

Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science

Steven Wofsy studies the chemical composition of the atmosphere, including aircraft measurements of global scale and analysis of emissions and degradation of atmospheric pollutants. Related studies focus on the two-way exchange of gases between natural ecosystems and the atmosphere—with a focus on the net carbon balance of forest and tundra ecosystems.

About Professor Wofsy

S. Wofsy

Steven Wofsy is the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and Co-Area Dean for Environmental Science and Engineering at the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Wofsy's work is motivated by the need for scientific information and analysis to make wise decisions about development of the world’s resources. He studies the two-way exchange of gases between natural ecosystems and the atmosphere; the emissions, transformations and deposition of atmospheric pollutants; the processes that transport pollutants in the atmosphere; and depletion of stratospheric ozone.

An important subset of measurements focuses on the net carbon balance of forest ecosystems. The long-term goal of these efforts is to understand the factors that regulate atmospheric composition and to help design programs to mitigate undesirable change.

 

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