Thomas Lauvaux

Thomas Lauvaux

  • Senior Research Associate
  • Associate Professor of Meteorology
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty
415 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-4321


  1. Ph.D. (2008) in Meteorology at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and Meteo France
  2. M.S.: Oceans, Atmosphere, and Continental Surfaces, Meteo France, Toulouse, France


Carbon cycle science - Atmospheric inversion - Data assimilation - Mesoscale modeling - Lagrangian Dispersion modeling 

My research aims at building future carbon cycle data assimilation systems for Earth sciences in support of climate policies. I am currently a co-investigator on the first research effort to attempt to quantify carbon emissions from urban areas (INFLUX project) in order to monitor and verify mitigation policy efforts in large metropolitan areas. I am now involved in a similar effort over the Los Angeles basin (LA-Megacity project) to monitor greenhouse gas emissions using in-situ and remote sensing measurements. I'm also leading a large project over the Marcellus shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to measure the impact of gas production activities on methane emissions. More recently, the Atmospheric Carbon transport - America project, a multi-investigator project funded by NASA, was awarded to improve transport modeling systems used in atmosheric inversions. I will lead the science team of this project with multiple groups involved in an extensive inter-comparison effort of atmospheric models and inversion systems.

Most recent publications

Ogle, S.M., Davis, K.J., Lauvaux, T., Schuh, A., Cooley, D., West, T.O., Heath, L.S., Miles, N.L., Richardson, S.J., Breidt, F.J., Smith, J.E., McCarty, J.L., Gurney, K.R., Tans, P., Denning, A.S. An approach for verifying biogenic greenhouse gas emissions inventories with atmospheric CO2 concentration data. Environmental Research Letters. 10(3): 034012, 2015.

Turnbull, J., C. Sweeney, A. Karion, T. Newberger, P. Tans, S. Lehman, K.J. Davis, N.L. Miles, S.J. Richardson, T. Lauvaux, M.O. Cambaliza, P. Shepson, K. Gurney, R. Patarasuk, A. Zondervan:  Towards quantification and source sector identification of fossil fuel CO2 emissions from an urban area: Results from the INFLUX experiment. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022555, 2015.

Cambaliza MOL, Shepson PB, Bogner J, Caulton DR, Stirm B, C. Sweeney, S. A. Montzka, K. R. Gurney, K. Spokas, O. E. Salmon, T. N. Lavoie, A. Hendricks, K. Mays, J. Turnbull, B. R. Miller, T. Lauvaux, K. J. Davis, A. Karion, et al. - Quantification and source apportionment of the methane emission flux from the city of Indianapolis. Elem. Sci. Anth. 3: 000037 doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000037, 2015

Díaz Isaac, L. I., T. Lauvaux, K. J. Davis, N. L. Miles, S. J. Richardson, A. R. Jacobson, and A. E. Andrews (2014), Model-data comparison of MCI field campaign atmospheric CO2 mole fractions, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021593.

Cambaliza, M. O. L., Shepson, P. B., Caulton, D. R., Stirm, B., Samarov, D., Gurney, K. R., Turnbull, J., Davis, K. J., Possolo, A., Karion, A., Sweeney, C., Moser, B., Hendricks, A., Lauvaux, T., Mays, K., Whetstone, J., Huang, J., Razlivanov, I., Miles, N. L., and Richardson, S. J.: Assessment of uncertainties of an aircraft-based mass balance approach for quantifying urban greenhouse gas emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 9029-9050, doi:10.5194/acp-14-9029-2014, 2014.

Lauvaux, T., and K. J. Davis (2014), Planetary boundary layer errors in mesoscale inversions of column-integrated CO2 measurements, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 490–508, doi:10.1002/2013JD020175.

T. Lauvaux, A Deng, B Gaudet, C Sweeney, G Petron, A Karion, A Brewer, M Hardesty, S Herndon, T Yacovitch, S Conley: Quantification of methane sources in the Barnett shale (Texas) using the Penn State WRF-Chem-FDDA realtime modeling system, 14th WRF Users' Workshop, extended abstract, 2013.

T. Lauvaux, N.L. Miles, S.J. Richardson, A. Deng, D. Stauffer, K.J. Davis, G. Jacobson, C. Rella, G.-P. Calonder: Urban emissions of CO2 from Davos, Switzerland: the first real-time monitoring system using an atmospheric inversion technique, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, doi:, 2013.

Wu, L., Bocquet, M., Chevallier, F., Lauvaux, T., & Davis, K. (2013). Hyperparameter estimation for uncertainty quantification in mesoscale carbon dioxide inversions. Tellus B, 65. doi:10.3402/tellusb.v65i0.20894

Schuh, A. E., Lauvaux, T., West, T. O., Denning, A. S., Davis, K. J., Miles, N., Richardson, S., Uliasz, M., Lokupitiya, E., Cooley, D., Andrews, A. and Ogle, S.: Evaluating atmospheric CO2 inversions at multiple scales over a highly inventoried agricultural landscape. Global Change Biology, 19: 1424–1439. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12141, 2013

Cooley D., Breidt F.J., Ogle S.M., Schuh A., Lauvaux T.: A Constrained Least-Squares Approach to Combine Bottom-Up and Top-Down CO2 Flux Estimates. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, doi: 10.1007/s10651-012-0211-6, 2012.

A. Deng, T. Lauvaux, K. Davis, N. Miles, S. Richardson and D. Stauffer: A WRF-Chem Realtime Modeling System for Monitoring CO2 Emissions., 13th Annual WRF Users' Workshop, Boulder, extended abstract.

Miles, N. L., S. J. Richardson, K. J. Davis, T. lauvaux, A. E. Andrews, T. O. West, V. Bandaru, and E. Crosson: Large amplitude spatial and temporal gradients in atmospheric boundary layer CO2 mole fractions detected with a tower-based network in the U.S. upper Midwest, J. Geophys. Res., 117, G01019, doi:10.1029/2011JG001781., 2012.

T. Lauvaux, Schuh, A.E., Uliasz, M., Richardson, S., Miles, N., Andrews, A.E., Sweeney, C., Diaz, L.I., Martins, D., Shepson, P.B., and Davis, K.J.: Constraining the CO2 budget of the corn belt: exploring uncertainties from the assumptions in a mesoscale inverse system, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 337-354, doi:10.5194/acp-12-337-2012, 2012.

T. Lauvaux, Schuh, A., Bocquet, M., Wu, L., Richardson, S., Miles, N., & Davis, K.: Network design for mesoscale inversions of CO2 sources and sinks. Tellus B, 64. doi:10.3402/tellusb.v64i0.17980, 2012.