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Atmospheric Science

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dana Caulton, Assistant Professor

Room 6062, Engineering Building
Office Phone: (307) 766-5363
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  • B.S., Chemistry, Indiana University, 2010
  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, 2014
  • Postdoc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2015-2018

Research Statement

Dr. Caulton’s research focuses on increasing our understanding of the CO2 and CH4 cycles through better estimates of emissions. Her research has utilized both aircraft and ground based mobile platforms to characterize methane emissions from unconventional natural gas in Pennsylvania and urban environments. She has also used aircraft eddy covariance to measure forest CO2uptake. An important aspect of this research is improving emissions estimates through uncertainty analysis and replication.

Research Areas

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel and urban environments
  • Aircraft flux measurements of greenhouse gas sources
  • Carbon cycle measurements

Selected Publications

  • D.R. Caulton, J.M. Lu, H.M. Lane, J. Fitts, B. Buchholz, L. Golston, X. Guo, J. McSpiritt, D. Pan, L. Wendt, E. Bou-Zeid, M.A. Zondlo. “Frequency of Super-Emitter Natural Gas Well Pads in the Marcellus Shale”, Submitted, Environmental Science and Technology, 2018.
  • D.R. Caulton, Q. Li, E. Bou-Zeid, J.M. Lu, H.M. Lane, J. Fitts, B. Buchholz, L. Golston, X. Guo, J. McSpiritt, D. Pan, L. Wendt, M.A. Zondlo. “Improving Mobile Platform Gaussian Derived Emission Estimates Using Hierarchical Sampling and Large Eddy Simulation”, Accepted, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 2018.
  • L.M. Golston, L. Tao, C. Brosy, K. Schaefer, B. Wolf, J. McSpiritt, B. Buchholz, D.R. Caulton, D. Pan, D. Yoel, H. Junstmann, M. McGregor, M.A. Zondlo. “Lightweight mid-infrared methane sensor   for unmanned aerial systems”, Applied Physics B,123:170, 2017.
  • M.O.L. Cambaliza, P.B. Shepson, D.R. Caulton, B.H. Stirm, J. Turnbull, T. Lauvaux, K. Davis, C. Sweeney, J. Whetstone, D. Sarmiento, B. Moser, C. Miller, A. Hendricks, C. Obermeyer, Jean Bogner. “Quantification of the methane emission flux from the city of Indianapolis: magnitude, uncertainty, and source apportionment”, Elementa,3:000037, 2015.
  • M.O.L. Cambaliza, P.B. Shepson, D.R. Caulton, B.H. Stirm, D. Samarov, A. Possolo, J. Turnbull, T. Lauvaux, K. Davis, K. Mays, C. Sweeney, J. Whetstone, A. Karion, K. Gurney, J. Huang, I. Razlivanov, N. Miles, S. Richardson, B. Moser. “Assessment of the uncertainties of the aircraft-based mass balance approach for quantifying urban greenhouse gas emissions”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 9029-9050, 2014.
  • D.R. Caulton, P.B. Shepson, M.O.L. Cambaliza, D. McCabe, E. Baum, B.H. Stirm. “Efficiency of natural gas flares associated with shale formation wells”, Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 9548-9554, 2014.
  • D.R. Caulton, P.B. Shepson, R.L. Santoro, J.P. Sparks, R.W. Howarth, A.R. Ingraffea, M.O.L. Cambaliza, C. Sweeney, A. Karion, K.J. Davis, B.H. Stirm, S.A. Montzka, B.R. Miller. “Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 111, 6237-3242, 2014.

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