Thomas Lauvaux

Thomas Lauvaux

  • Associate Research 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 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 quantify greenhouse gas emissions from urban areas (INFLUX project) in support of mitigation policy over large metropolitan areas. I also studied the impact of natural gas production on methane emissions, North American carbon sinks and sources with the Atmospheric Carbon transport (ACT) - America project, and the monitoring of carbon emissions from space as a member of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite mission.

Most recent publications

Barkley, Z. R., Lauvaux, T., Davis, K. J., Deng, A., Miles, N. L., Richardson, S. J., Cao, Y., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Smith, M., Kort, E. A., Schwietzke, S., Murphy, T., Cervone, G., Martins, D., and Maasakkers, J. D.: Quantifying methane emissions from natural gas production in north-eastern Pennsylvania, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13941-13966,, 2017.

Gurney K.R., Liang J., Patarasuk R., O'Keeffe D., Huang J., Hutchins M., Lauvaux T., Turnbull J. C., Shepson P. B., Reconciling the differences between a bottom-up and inverse-estimated FFCO2 emissions estimate in a large US urban area. Elem. Sci. Anth. 2017;5:44. DOI:, 2017.

Viatte, C., Lauvaux, T., Hedelius, J. K., Parker, H., Chen, J., Jones, T., Franklin, J. E., Deng, A. J., Gaudet, B., Verhulst, K., Duren, R., Wunch, D., Roehl, C., Dubey, M. K., Wofsy, S., and Wennberg, P. O.: Methane emissions from dairies in the Los Angeles Basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7509-7528,, 2017.

Bloom, A. A., Lauvaux, T., Worden, J., Yadav, V., Duren, R., Sander, S. P., and Schimel, D. S.: What are the greenhouse gas observing system requirements for reducing fundamental biogeochemical process uncertainty? Amazon wetland CH4 emissions as a case study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15199-15218, doi:10.5194/acp-16-15199-2016, 2016.

Lauvaux T, Miles NL, Deng A, Richardson SJ, Cambaliza MO, Davis KJ, Gaudet B, Gurney KR, Huang J, Karion A, Oda T, Patasaruk R, Razlivanov I, Sarmiento D, Shepson P, Sweeney C, Turnbull J, and Wu K: High resolution atmospheric inversion of urban CO2 emissions during the dormant season of the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX), J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD024473, 2016.

Feng, S., Lauvaux, T., Newman, S., Rao, P., Ahmadov, R., Deng, A., Díaz-Isaac, L. I., Duren, R. M., Fischer, M. L., Gerbig, C., Gurney, K. R., Huang, J., Jeong, S., Li, Z., Miller, C. E., O’Keeffe, D., Patarasuk, R., Sander, S. P., Song, Y., Wong, K. W., and Yung, Y. L.: LA Megacity: a High-Resolution Land-Atmosphere Modelling System for Urban CO2 Emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-143, 2016.

K. Lamb, M. O. L. Cambaliza, K. J. Davis, S. L. Edburg, T. W. Ferrara, C. Floerchinger, A. M. F. Heimburger, S. Herndon, T. Lauvaux, T. Lavoie, D. R. Lyon, N. Miles, K. R. Prasad, S. Richardson, J. R. Roscioli, O. E. Salmon, P. B. Shepson, B. H. Stirm, and J. Whetstone: Direct and Indirect Measurements and Modeling of Methane Emissions in Indianapolis, Indiana, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (16), 8910-8917, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01198, 2016.

Karion, C. Sweeney, E. A. Kort, P. B. Shepson, A. Brewer, M. Cambaliza, S. A. Conley, K. Davis, A. Deng, M. Hardesty, S. C. Herndon, T. Lauvaux, T. Lavoie, D. Lyon, T. Newberger, G. Pétron, C. Rella, M. Smith, S. Wolter, T. I. Yacovitch, and P. Tans: Aircraft-Based Estimate of Total Methane Emissions from the Barnett Shale Region, Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (13), 8124-8131, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00217, 2015.

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.