Thomas Lauvaux

Thomas Lauvaux

  • Associate Research Professor of Meteorology
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty
415 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: tul5@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 863-4321

Education:

  1. Ph.D. (2008) in Meteorology at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and Meteo France
  2. M.S.: Oceans, Atmosphere, and Continental Surfaces, Meteo France, Toulouse, France

Biography:

Carbon cycle science - Atmospheric inversion - Data assimilation - Mesoscale modeling - Lagrangian Dispersion modeling 

My research aims at building carbon cycle data assimilation systems for Earth sciences in support of climate policies. I am currently a co-investigator on the first research effort to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from urban areas (INFLUX project) in support of mitigation policy over large metropolitan areas. I also studied the impact of natural gas production on methane emissions, North American carbon sinks and sources with the Atmospheric Carbon transport (ACT) - America project, and the monitoring of carbon emissions from space as a member of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite mission.

Most recent publications

Ye, X., Lauvaux, T., Kort, E. A., Oda, T., Feng, S., Lin, J. C., Yang, E., and Wu, D.: Constraining fossil fuel CO2 emissions from urban area using OCO-2 observations of total column CO2, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-1022, in review, 2017.

Zheng, G., Brantley, S. L., Lauvaux, T., Li, Z. Contextual Spatial Outlier Detection with Metric
Learning. KDD 2017, 2161-2170, doi:10.1145/3097983.3098143, 2017.

Wu, K., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K. J., Deng , A., Lopez Coto, I., Gurney, K. R., Patarasuk R. Joint inverse
estimation of fossil fuel and biogenic CO2 fluxes in an urban environment: An observing system simulation
experiment to assess the impact of multiple uncertainties, Elem Sci Anth, 6(1):17, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.138, 2018.

Richardson, S. J., Miles, N. L., Davis, K. J., Lauvaux, T., Martins, D. K., Turnbull, J. C., McKain, K.,Sweeney, C., Cambaliza, M. O. L. Tower measurement network of in-situ CO2, CH4, and CO in support of the
Indianapolis FLUX (INFLUX) Experiment. Elem Sci Anth, 5, 59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.140, 2017.

Nathan, B., Lauvaux, T., Turnbull, J., Gurney, K. R.: Investigations Into the Use of Multi-Species Measurements for Source Apportionment of the Indianapolis Fossil Fuel CO2 Signal, Elem. Sci. Anth., DOI:https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.131, 2018.

Miles, N. L., Martins, D. K., Richardson, S. J., Rella, C. W., Arata, C., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K. J., Barkley, Z. R., McKain, K., and Sweeney, C.: Calibration and Field Testing of Cavity Ring-Down Laser Spectrometers Measuring CH4, CO2, and δ13CH4 Deployed on Towers in the Marcellus Shale Region, Atmos. Meas. Tech.,
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2017-364, 2017.

Cao, Y., Cervone, G., Barkely, Z., Lauvaux, T., Deng, A., and Taylor, A.: Influence of Geographic Coordinate
System on WeatherSimulations of Atmospheric Emissions, Geosci. Model Dev., https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-
2016-253, 2017.

Barkley, Z. R., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K. J., Deng, A., Miles, N. L., Richardson, S. J., Cao, Y., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Smith, M., Kort, E. A., Schwietzke, S., Murphy, T., Cervone, G., Martins, D., and Maasakkers, J. D.: Quantifying methane emissions from natural gas production in north-eastern Pennsylvania, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13941-13966, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13941-2017, 2017.

Gaudet BJ, Lauvaux T, Deng A, Davis KJ. Exploration of the impact of nearby sources on urban atmospheric inversions using large eddy simulation. Elem Sci Anth.; 5:60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.247, 2017.

Gurney K.R., Liang J., Patarasuk R., O'Keeffe D., Huang J., Hutchins M., Lauvaux T., Turnbull J. C., Shepson
P. B., Reconciling the differences between a bottom-up and inverse-estimated FFCO2 emissions estimate in a large US urban area. Elem. Sci. Anth. 2017;5:44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.137, 2017.

J. K. Hedelius, S. Feng, C. M. Roehl, D. Wunch, P. W. Hillyard, J. R. Podolske, L. T. Iraci, R. Patarasuk, P.
Rao, D. O'Keeffe, K. R. Gurney, T. Lauvaux, P. O. Wennberg, Emissions and topographic effects on column CO2 (XCO2) variations, with a focus on the Southern California Megacity, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 7200–7215, doi:10.1002/2017JD026455, 2017.

Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K.J., Balashov, N.V., Deng, A., Turnbull, J.C., Sweeney, C., Gurney, K.R., Patarasuk, R., Razlivanov, I., Cambaliza, M.O.L., and Shepson, P.B.: Quantification of urban atmospheric boundary layer greenhouse gas dry mole fraction enhancements: Results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX), Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.127, 2017.

Heimburger, A.M.F., Harvey, R.M., Shepson, P.B., Stirm, B.H., Gore, C., Turnbull, J., Cambaliza, M.O.L.,
Salmon, O.E., M. Kerlo, A.E., Lavoie, T.N., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Karion, A., Sweeney, C., Brewer, W.A.,
Hardesty, R.M., Gurney, K.R.: Assessing the Optimized Precision of the Aircraft Mass Balance Method for
Measurement of Urban Greenhouse Gas Emission Rates Through Averaging, Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:26.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.134, 2017.

Davis, K.J., Deng, A., Lauvaux, T., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Sarmiento, D., Gurney, K.R., Hardesty, R.M., Bonin, T., Brewer, W.A., Shepson, P.B., Harvey, R.M., Cambaliza, M.O., Sweeney, C., Turnbull, J., Whetstone, J., Karion, A.: The Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX): A test-bed for developing urban greenhouse gas
emission measurements. Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.188, 2017.

Oda, T. Lauvaux, T., Lu, D., Rao, P., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., and Gurney, K.R.: On the Impact of
Granularity of Space-based Urban CO2 Emissions in Urban Atmospheric Inversions: A Case Study for
Indianapolis, IN, Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.146, 2017.

Deng, A., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K.J., Gaudet, B.J., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Wu, K., Sarmiento, D.P.,
Hardesty, R.M., Bonin, T.A., Brewer, W.A., and Gurney, K.R.: Toward reduced transport errors in a high
resolution urban CO2 inversion system, Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.133,
2017.

Sarmiento, D. P., Davis, K. J., Deng, A., Lauvaux, T., Brewer. A., Hardesty, M.: A comprehensive assessment of land surface-atmosphere interactions in a WRF/Urban modeling system for Indianapolis, IN. Elem Sci Anth. 2017;5:23. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.132, 2017.

Viatte, C., Lauvaux, T., Hedelius, J. K., Parker, H., Chen, J., Jones, T., Franklin, J. E., Deng, A. J., Gaudet, B., Verhulst, K., Duren, R., Wunch, D., Roehl, C., Dubey, M. K., Wofsy, S., and Wennberg, P. O.: Methane emissions from dairies in the Los Angeles Basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7509-7528, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7509-2017, 2017.

Bloom, A. A., Lauvaux, T., Worden, J., Yadav, V., Duren, R., Sander, S. P., and Schimel, D. S.: What are the greenhouse gas observing system requirements for reducing fundamental biogeochemical process uncertainty? Amazon wetland CH4 emissions as a case study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15199-15218, doi:10.5194/acp-16-15199-2016, 2016.

Lauvaux T, Miles NL, Deng A, Richardson SJ, Cambaliza MO, Davis KJ, Gaudet B, Gurney KR, Huang J,
Karion A, Oda T, Patasaruk R, Razlivanov I, Sarmiento D, Shepson P, Sweeney C, Turnbull J, and Wu K: High
resolution atmospheric inversion of urban CO2 emissions during the dormant season of the Indianapolis Flux
Experiment (INFLUX), Journal of Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD024473, 2016.

Feng, S., Lauvaux, T., Newman, S., Rao, P., Ahmadov, R., Deng, A., Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Duren, R. M., Fischer, M. L., Gerbig, C., Gurney, K. R., Huang, J., Jeong, S., Li, Z., Miller, C. E., O’Keeffe, D., Patarasuk, R., Sander, S. P., Song, Y., Wong, K. W., and Yung, Y. L.: LA Megacity: a High-Resolution Land-Atmosphere Modelling System for Urban CO2 Emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-143, 2016.

Barkley, Z. R., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K. J., Deng, A., Miles, N. L., Richardson, S. J., Cao, Y., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Smith, M., Kort, E. A., Schwietzke, S., Murphy, T., Cervone, G., Martins, D., and Maasakkers, J. D.: Quantifying methane emissions from natural gas production in north-eastern Pennsylvania, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13941-13966, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13941-2017, 2017.

Gurney K.R., Liang J., Patarasuk R., O'Keeffe D., Huang J., Hutchins M., Lauvaux T., Turnbull J. C., Shepson P. B., Reconciling the differences between a bottom-up and inverse-estimated FFCO2 emissions estimate in a large US urban area. Elem. Sci. Anth. 2017;5:44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.137, 2017.

Viatte, C., Lauvaux, T., Hedelius, J. K., Parker, H., Chen, J., Jones, T., Franklin, J. E., Deng, A. J., Gaudet, B., Verhulst, K., Duren, R., Wunch, D., Roehl, C., Dubey, M. K., Wofsy, S., and Wennberg, P. O.: Methane emissions from dairies in the Los Angeles Basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7509-7528, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7509-2017, 2017.

Bloom, A. A., Lauvaux, T., Worden, J., Yadav, V., Duren, R., Sander, S. P., and Schimel, D. S.: What are the greenhouse gas observing system requirements for reducing fundamental biogeochemical process uncertainty? Amazon wetland CH4 emissions as a case study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15199-15218, doi:10.5194/acp-16-15199-2016, 2016.

Lauvaux T, Miles NL, Deng A, Richardson SJ, Cambaliza MO, Davis KJ, Gaudet B, Gurney KR, Huang J, Karion A, Oda T, Patasaruk R, Razlivanov I, Sarmiento D, Shepson P, Sweeney C, Turnbull J, and Wu K: High resolution atmospheric inversion of urban CO2 emissions during the dormant season of the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX), J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD024473, 2016.

Feng, S., Lauvaux, T., Newman, S., Rao, P., Ahmadov, R., Deng, A., Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Duren, R. M., Fischer, M. L., Gerbig, C., Gurney, K. R., Huang, J., Jeong, S., Li, Z., Miller, C. E., O’Keeffe, D., Patarasuk, R., Sander, S. P., Song, Y., Wong, K. W., and Yung, Y. L.: LA Megacity: a High-Resolution Land-Atmosphere Modelling System for Urban CO2 Emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-143, 2016.

K. Lamb, M. O. L. Cambaliza, K. J. Davis, S. L. Edburg, T. W. Ferrara, C. Floerchinger, A. M. F. Heimburger, S. Herndon, T. Lauvaux, T. Lavoie, D. R. Lyon, N. Miles, K. R. Prasad, S. Richardson, J. R. Roscioli, O. E. Salmon, P. B. Shepson, B. H. Stirm, and J. Whetstone: Direct and Indirect Measurements and Modeling of Methane Emissions in Indianapolis, Indiana, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (16), 8910-8917, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01198, 2016.

Karion, C. Sweeney, E. A. Kort, P. B. Shepson, A. Brewer, M. Cambaliza, S. A. Conley, K. Davis, A. Deng, M. Hardesty, S. C. Herndon, T. Lauvaux, T. Lavoie, D. Lyon, T. Newberger, G. Pétron, C. Rella, M. Smith, S. Wolter, T. I. Yacovitch, and P. Tans: Aircraft-Based Estimate of Total Methane Emissions from the Barnett Shale Region, Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (13), 8124-8131, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00217, 2015.

Ogle, S.M., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Schuh, A., Cooley, D., West, T.O., Heath, L.S., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Breidt, F.J., Smith, J.E., McCarty, J.L., Gurney, K.R., Tans, P., Denning, A.S. An approach for verifying biogenic greenhouse gas emissions inventories with atmospheric CO2 concentration data. Environmental Research Letters. 10(3): 034012, 2015.

Turnbull, J., C. Sweeney, A. Karion, T. Newberger, P. Tans, S. Lehman, K.J. Davis, N.L. Miles, S.J. Richardson, T. Lauvaux, M.O. Cambaliza, P. Shepson, K. Gurney, R. Patarasuk, A. Zondervan:  Towards quantification and source sector identification of fossil fuel CO2 emissions from an urban area: Results from the INFLUX experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022555, 2015.

Cambaliza MOL, Shepson PB, Bogner J, Caulton DR, Stirm B, C. Sweeney, S. A. Montzka, K. R. Gurney, K. Spokas, O. E. Salmon, T. N. Lavoie, A. Hendricks, K. Mays, J. Turnbull, B. R. Miller, T. Lauvaux, K. J. Davis, A. Karion, et al. - Quantification and source apportionment of the methane emission flux from the city of Indianapolis. Elem. Sci. Anth. 3: 000037 doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000037, 2015

Díaz Isaac, L. I., T. Lauvaux, K. J. Davis, N. L. Miles, S. J. Richardson, A. R. Jacobson, and A. E. Andrews (2014), Model-data comparison of MCI field campaign atmospheric CO2 mole fractions, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021593.