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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science 

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Steven C. Wofsy
Steven Wofsy is professor of atmospheric and environmental science at Harvard University. His group projects include developing new airborne sensors to make accurate measurements of CO2, CH4, CO, and N2O, and devising new analysis and modeling procedures to extract quantitative information about sources, sinks, transformations, and transport of atmospheric trace gases. The long-term goal of these efforts is to understand the factors that regulate atmospheric composition and to help design programs to mitigate undesirable change.


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Kerry A. Emanuel
Kerry Emanuel is professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other research activities include research on tropical cyclone genesis, environmental control of tropical cyclone intensity, the role of cumulus convection in regulating atmospheric water vapor and clouds, and the development of new techniques for assimilating nonlinear coherent structures into numerical models. // Read interview transcript


Pieter P. Tans
Pieter Tans is senior scientist at the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. He has studied the global carbon cycle for several decades, starting with his Ph.D. dissertation research in the Netherlands, and has published close to 140 scientific papers on the subject. His group maintains the world’s largest global monitoring network of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and provides reference gas mixtures to calibrate high accuracy greenhouse gas measurements worldwide. Dr. Tans serves on several advisory committees for research on the carbon cycle and climate, and is a member of the editorial board of Tellus. // Read interview transcript

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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science 


Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. 2007.
  • ISBN: 1-57680-883-1