Donald J. Wuebbles

Donald J Wuebbles

Donald J Wuebbles

Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences


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Research Interests:

Atmospheric sciences.


Wuebbles' research team focuses on numerical modeling and analyses of the Earth system with a focus on climate, ozone, and air quality issues. The primary tools the group uses are the Community Earth System Model (CESM) developed at NCAR and various components of this model (e.g. for studying atmospheric chemistry-climate interactions), plus specialized modeling tools for radiative transfer and statistical downscaling. Wuebbles also does extensive analyses of results from other climate models.

Some of his current analyses are being done for the U.S. National Climate Assessment and for the next international assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For the NCA, these are especially concerned with the trends and projections of severe weather in a changing climate. Other studies are evaluating the effects of emissions from aviation on climate and the effects of newly proposed chemicals (that are being developed for a variety of uses, including as refrigerants, foam blowing agents and for fighting fires) to determine their potential effects on the environment. The group is also are doing studies of the projected changes in ozone over the 21st century and the effects of climate change on air quality, including effects on urban smog, on dust storms, and on mercury effects.