Category: Ian Sue Wing
“There is no doubt among the world’s scientists (including BU’s) that anthropogenic climate change is underway,” Ann E. Cudd, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, recently wrote to the university community, “which if it continues at the current rate will radically alter the shape of the world’s landmass and the nature of its ecosystems”
Click here to Dean Cudd’s full note, including her description of work done by Earth & Environment faculty members.
Research performed by Earth & Environment Phd candidate Conor Gately, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing has been featured in Scientific American’s “Graphic Science” monthly segment that highlights scientific results with innovative science and graphics.
This month’s segment is titled “Bigger Cities Aren’t Always Greener, Data Show” and showcases Gately, Hutyra, and Sue Wing’s recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper titled “Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal assessment of trends, drivers, and scaling relationships.”
Gately is a Phd candidate in Geography; he is advised jointly by Hutyra and Sue Wing.
The article “A New Map for Greenhouse Gas” explores the research team’s new findings recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy. The research maps the amount of CO2 admitted by vehicles throughout the contiguous United States over an extended period of time.
To learn more about their research and it’s impact on climate change research, read the entire article from
Conor Gately is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is jointly advised by Prof. Hutyra and Prof. Sue Wing.
Research by PhD candidate Conor Gately, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing recently published in PNAS has been featured in multiple news articles over the past several days.
The articles focus on the findings presented in “Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal assessment of trends, drivers, and scaling relationships” that cities and their commuting populations emit a large percentage of on-road C02 emissions.
A list of current articles on the research are below:
- “Urban Sprawl, Cars Hamper Cities’ Best Efforts on CO2” at Climate Central
- “Urban Drivers are Emitting Way More Carbon Dioxide Than We Thought” at Popular Science
- “Study of Vehicle Emissions Will Aid Urban Sustainability Efforts” from BU Public Relations
- “Urban Growth Is Still a Problem for Climate Change” at Pacific Standard
- “Mass transit isn’t necessarily the answer to lower carbon emissions” at Quartz
- “Study of vehicle emissions will aid urban sustainability efforts” at PHYS.org
Gately is a PhD candidate in Geography jointly advised by Profs. Hutyra and Sue Wing. To learn more about the work done by Prof. Hutyra check out her recent publications and news. To learn more about Prof. Sue Wing’s work, see his recent publications and news.
Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Conor Gately, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing have published a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Gately is first author on the article titled “Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal assessment of trends, drivers, and scaling relationships.”
Gatetly is a Phd Candidate in Geography and is jointly advised by Hutyra and Sue Wing. To learn more about Prof. Hutyra’s work check out her recent publications and news. To learn more about Prof. Sue Wing’s work, check out his recent publications and news.
The paper’s abstract is listed below. You can read the full paper online here.
Emissions of CO2 from road vehicles were 1.57 billion metric tons in 2012, accounting for 28% of US fossil fuel CO2 emissions, but the spatial distributions of these emissions are highly uncertain. We develop a new emissions inventory, the Database of Road Transportation Emissions (DARTE), which estimates CO2 emitted by US road transport at a resolution of 1 km annually for 1980–2012. DARTE reveals that urban areas are responsible for 80% of on-road emissions growth since 1980 and for 63% of total 2012 emissions. We observe nonlinearities between CO2 emissions and population density at broad spatial/temporal scales, with total on-road CO2 increasing nonlinearly with population density, rapidly up to 1,650 persons per square kilometer and slowly thereafter. Per capita emissions decline as density rises, but at markedly varying rates depending on existing densities. We make use of DARTE’s bottom-up construction to highlight the biases associated with the common practice of using population as a linear proxy for disaggregating national- or state-scale emissions. Comparing DARTE with existing downscaled inventories, we find biases of 100% or more in the spatial distribution of urban and rural emissions, largely driven by mismatches between inventory downscaling proxies and the actual spatial patterns of vehicle activity at urban scales. Given cities’ dual importance as sources of CO2 and an emerging nexus of climate mitigation initiatives, high-resolution estimates such as DARTE are critical both for accurately quantifying surface carbon fluxes and for verifying the effectiveness of emissions mitigation efforts at urban scales.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott gave a talk this past Friday, February 13th, at Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics in Boone, NC.
Jared is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dana Bauer is in Washington DC this week to present research at the A Community on Ecosystem Services or ACES Conference.
Bauer will make two presentations during the conference: her first presentation features research performed by Bauer and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing on “Macroeconomic Consequences of Lost Pollination Services.”
Her second presentation feature research performed by Bauer and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Jessika Rose Smith on “Pollination Services and Grower Decision Making.”
To learn more about Prof. Bauer’s work, check out her profile page.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jordan Winkler‘s dissertation defense is scheduled for today at 3 PM in CAS 132.
Winkler’s dissertation is titled “Climate Change Impact on Crop Yield: Towards a Probabilistic Modeling Framework.”
Winkler is a PhD candidate in Geography; his advisor is Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
All members of the department are encouraged to come support Jordan.
Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Jared Woollacott was in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past week to present his research at the 2014 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference.
Woollacott presented his research on the “costs and ancillary benefits of greenhouse gas policy in the US electric sector.”
Jared Woollacott is a Ph.D. student in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
The goal of the forum was to assess different implementations of US carbon policy including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Woollacott is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.