Denise L. Mauzerall

Professor Mauzerall’s research examines linkages between air pollution origin, transport and impacts, including impacts on human health, food security and climate change. She explores potential co-benefits of reductions in air pollutants (e.g., black carbon) for climate change and public health and the benefits of reduction in greenhouse gases (e.g., methane) on air quality, health and agricultural yields.

Recent research has assessed the climatic benefit of black carbon mitigation and the transport of black carbon to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau; evaluated the global reductions in crop production due to present and potential future ozone exposure as well as the benefits of methane mitigation and careful cultivar selection in reducing future agricultural crop losses due to ozone exposure; evaluated inter-continental transport of fine aerosols and their impact on public health; and estimated the impact of present and potential future emissions of aerosols from China on global air quality, premature mortality and radiative forcing.

Current research is examining the impact of past and future climate change on air pollutant surface concentrations and the associated impacts on global premature mortality; evaluating the feasibility of including nitrous oxide, which is both an ozone depleting and greenhouse gas, in the successful Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer international treaty; evaluating the source-receptor relationships of black carbon emissions from around the world; and examining the benefits to air quality in China of increased penetration of wind power.