Professor Mauzerall Links Climate Change and Pollution
(**The following is an excerpt from Ushma Patel's article on Princeton News. Click here to see the full article.**)
'To understand why Himalayan glaciers are melting, Princeton Professor Denise Mauzerall looks for causes as far away as Europe and Africa.
In her research and teaching, Mauzerall employs both scientific and regulatory perspectives in analyzing the effects of air pollution on climate change, human health and agricultural production. She has emerged as a leader in efforts to track the flow of pollution through atmospheric models, helping to identify where reductions of harmful emissions would have the largest benefit.
"Our work is trying to inform policy decisions going forward so people can be more strategic about regulatory choices," said Mauzerall, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and public and international affairs.
She has presented her work on air quality and climate change in congressional briefings and at numerous conferences in Asia, where much of her research is focused. She also has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its efforts to raise awareness about the causes of man-made climate change and ways to counteract it.
Her work brings a new approach to examining links between climate change and air pollution, said Princeton geoscientist Michael Oppenheimer.
"Denise is one of the world's leaders in applying state-of-the-art chemical transport models to important questions in the policy arena," said Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, and director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP), in which Mauzerall also serves as a faculty member.
"There's a general notion that if you can reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases together the world would be better off. Her work provides the beef backing up that assertion," Oppenheimer said.'
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