Category: Ian Sue Wing
Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Jared Woollacott will be presenting research this Sunday at the World Congress of Environmental Resource Economists.
The conference is being held June 28 to July 2 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Woollacott will be presenting research on the “costs and ancillary benefits of carbon policy in the US electric sector.”
Conor Gately gives invited presentation at Global Emissions Initiative (GEIA) Conference in Colorado
Gately’s invited presentation was titled “A new annual 1 km gridded CO2 emissions inventory for the United States, 1980-2012″ and was the collaborative work of Gately and Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
Gately is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography studying carbon emissions from transportation and the effects of urban form on travel behaviors.
Gately is advised by Sue Wing and Hutyra jointly.
The Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series will feature talks this week by graduate students Conor Gately and Mary Farina.
This week’s seminar will be held at 3:30 pm this Friday, May 2nd, in STO 453.
Refreshments will be served following the talks.
Mary Farina is receiving her Masters in Geography this year and is an advisee of Professor Mark Friedl.
Abstracts of the talks:
“CO2, Cars and Cities: Does Driving Diminish with Density?” by Conor Gately
The talk will present recent results from the development of a new, multi-decadal, high-resolution inventory of U.S. on-road CO2 emissions. Analysis of emissions trends in urban and rural areas reveals a complex relationship between road travel, CO2 emissions, and population density. These results have implications for urban growth scenarios, as well as for policies to mitigate vehicle emissions and reduce traffic congestion in major urban areas.
“Relationships between tree rings and satellite-based canopy greenness in mixed temperate forests” by Mary Farina
This project examines links between ground-based and satellite-based measures of tree growth in the Northeast United States. Correlations between tree ring widths, Landsat vegetation indices, and Landsat-based phenology records are investigated.
Department of Earth and Environment Graduate student Conor Gately was awarded an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) for his work in Atmospheric Sciences at the recent American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.
The Outstanding Student Paper Awards are given out to the top 3 to 5% of students in each area of focus at AGU (OSPA).
Prof. Baldwin and Sue Wing Forecast U.S. CO2 Emissions to Exceed Official Estimates in Recent Journal of Regional Science Paper
Recent developments in U.S. climate change policy have seen the first tentative steps toward legislating a binding aggregate emission cap and implementing curbs on GHGs at the state and regional levels.1 This state and regional level policy action has been identified as both a critical element in U.S. emissions reductions and as a force to shape national climate change mitigation policy (Byrne et al., 2007; Lutsey and Sperling, 2008; Rabe, 2008). Consequently, the resulting economic effects of these policies is the subject of intense recent interest (Grainger and Kolstad, 2009; Hassett et al., 2009; Sue Wing, 2010). The first step in making any such assessment, and one incorporated or mandated in all state climate action plans (EPA, 2012), is to forecast how states’ baseline emissions are likely to evolve. Prerequisite to such projections is the ability to characterize the geographic variations in the precursors of GHGs—particularly CO2—based on an understanding of their historical evolution.
In this paper we investigate how the driving forces behind U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have evolved over the period 1963–2008. We take an explicitly spatial approach, quantifying in detail the interregional variations in CO2 precursors that are largely absent in the literature. While several recent papers have exploited state-level databases on the prices and quantities of fuel use, their focus has been quantifying the aggregate effects of drivers such as income and prices.2 The unfortunate consequence is that the substantial interregional heterogeneity underlying these results, which is interesting in its own right, has largely been ignored. An important exception to this general trend is Metcalf’s (2008) inquiry into the drivers of the energy intensity of U.S. states, which he disaggregates into intrasectoral changes in energy efficiency and intersectoral changes in the structure of economic activity. This paper’s key feature is the use of index number decomposition analysis, which is a popular technique for apportioning the time-evolution of a composite variable into contributions associated with movements in its constituent factors.3 We build on this approach, developing an extended decomposition framework which attributes the evolution of CO2 emissions over space and time to five precursors: the emissions intensity of energy use, the energy intensity of economic activity, the composition of states’ output, per capita income and population. Click to read entire paper…
To explore ways of maximizing the benefits of natural gas development while minimizing potential negative effects on human communities and ecosystems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has entered into a cooperative agreement with a University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder)-led team of scientists, engineers and educators and eight partner organizations.
NSF has also entered into a cooperative agreement with another interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and educators; it supports a multi-institution research network on sustainable climate risk management strategies. The network is centered at Penn State University and involves nine other U.S. universities and research institutes.
Known as NSF Sustainability Research Networks, or SRNs, the teams will focus on the effects of natural gas development on air and water resources, and on how to adapt to and mitigate the risks of climate change, while developing new sustainability strategies in an altered world. Read more…