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Thomas Lauvaux


Research Scientist CNRS

Make Our Planet Great Again Fellow

PennState University Affiliate


Research Interests

My main research interest is to understand the roles of the biosphere and of various human activities on the carbon cycle using data assimilation techniques. By combining atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements and numerical weather models, I collect information related to the exchanges of carbon from land and coastal surfaces to the atmosphere. I am particularly interested in satellite measurements and dense network of ground-based sensors to characterize carbon sources from large metropolitan areas or sinks from natural and agrilcutural landscapes.

Education and work experience

PhD at University of Versailles (UVSQ) on mesoscale inversion of carbon sources and sinks (2008)

Postdoctoral researcher at PennState University (2009-2011)

Research Associate at PennState University (2011-2014)

Research Scientist 3 at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2014-2015)

Associate Research Professor at PennState University (2015-2018)

Current research projects

ACT-America (aircraft campaigns over North America)

INFLUX experiment (urban-scale emissions of greenhouse gases)

NASA OCO-3 (satellite mission on fossil fuel emissions)

MERCI-CO2 (urban emissions of CO2 in Mexico City)

TRACE CH4 (leak detection from natural gas facilities)

Recent publications

Lauvaux, T., Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Bocquet, M., and Bousserez, N.: Diagnosing spatial error structures in CO2 mole fractions and XCO2 column mole fractions from atmospheric transport, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2019.

Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Lauvaux, T., Bocquet, M., and Davis, K. J.: Calibration of a multi-physics ensemble for greenhouse gas atmospheric transport model uncertainty estimation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2018.

Karion, A., Lauvaux, T., Lopez Coto, I., Sweeney, C., Mueller, K., Gourdji, S., Angevine, W., Barkley, Z., Deng, A., Andrews, A., Stein, A., and Whetstone, J.: Inter-comparison of Atmospheric Trace Gas Dispersion Models: Barnett Shale Case Study, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, 2018.

Turnbull, J., Karion, A., Davis, K. J., Lauvaux, T., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S. R., Sweeney, C., McKain, K., Lehman, S., Gurney, K.R., Patarasuk, R., Liang, J., Shepson, P., Heimburger, A., Harvey, R., and Whetstone, J.: Synthesis of urban CO2 emission estimates from multiple methods from the Indianapolis Flux Project (INFLUX), accepted in ES&T.

Nathan, B., Lauvaux, T., Turnbull, J., Richardson, S. R., Miles, N.L., and Gurney, K.R: Source Sector Attribution of CO2 Emissions Using an Urban CO/CO2 Bayesian Inversion System, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., accepted, 2018.

Wu, D., Lin, J. C., Fasoli, B., Oda, T., Ye, X., Lauvaux, T., Yang, E. G., and Kort, E. A.: A Lagrangian approach towards extracting signals of urban CO2 emissions from satellite observations of atmospheric column CO2 (XCO2): X-Stochastic Time-Inverted Lagrangian Transport model (“X-STILT v1”), Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 4843-4871,, 2018.

Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Lauvaux, T., and Davis, K. J.: Impact of physical parameterizations and initial conditions on simulated atmospheric transport and CO2 mole fractions in the US Midwest, Atmos. Chem. Phys.,, 2018.

Ramón, A.A., Zavala-Araiza, D., Lyon, D.R., Allen, D.T., Barkley, Z.R., Brandt, A.R., Davis, K.J., Herndon, S.C., Jacob, D.J., Karion, A., Kort, E.A., Lamb, B.K., Lauvaux, T., Maasakkers, J.D., Marchese, A.J., Omara, M., Pacala, S.W., Peischl, J., Robinson, A.L., Shepson, P., Sweeney, C., Townsend-Small, A., Wofsy, S.C., Hamburg, S.: Assessment of Methane Emissions from the U.S. Oil and Gas Supply Chain, Science,, 2018.

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.,, in review, 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:, 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:, 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:, 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. Discuss.,, 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,, 2017.

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