Sustainable Energy Systems Group, Environmental Energy Technology Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
DATE: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
PLACE: 126 Barrows
To help protect climate, California is currently pursuing 40 and 80% reductions in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (below 1990 levels) by 2030 and 2050, respectively. While carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption is estimated from sales tax receipts, non-CO2 GHG emissions are much more difficult to account for accurately and hence require independent verification. This talk describes a decade of collaborative work with multiple research groups and State agencies to develop and apply atmospheric methods that quantify emissions of the three major GHG sources: fossil fuel CO2, methane and nitrous oxide across spatial and temporal scales.
Dr. Marc L. Fischer is staff scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group and Energy Technology Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and an associate researcher at the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Fischer’s work focuses on quantifying and mitigating Earth radiative forcing due to greenhouse (GHG) gases and human habitation, and development of sustainable solutions for energy related environmental problems. The work includes development and application of measurement technologies for atmospheric trace gases, modeling of atmospheric GHG concentrations and solar radiative forcing in response to air pollution, quantification of GHG emissions from facility to regional scales, and identification of cost effective options to mitigate emissions and reduce radiative forcing. Fischer received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively.