Scientific advisory panel

Keeping the Coalition informed of the latest policy-relevant scientific findings and new abatement opportunities

Sound science has underpinned the formation of the Coalition and will guide its work into the future.

Our dedicated Scientific Advisory Panel is comprised of renowned scientists representing various fields of atmospheric and environmental science. The panel meets regularly to review the latest scientific findings on short-lived climate pollutants and keeps the Coalition abreast of new scientific developments to inform policy discussions.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Drew Shindell

Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science, Duke University
CCAC SAP Chair

Atmospheric chemistry and climate change.

Drew Shindell is the current Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Scientific Advisory Panel. He is Professor of Climate Sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. From 1995 to 2014 he was a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.

Dr. Shindell taught atmospheric chemistry at Columbia University for more than a decade. His research concerns natural and human drivers of climate change, linkages between air quality and climate change, and the interface between climate change science and policy. He has been an author on more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and received awards from Scientific American, NASA, the EPA, and the NSF.

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Andrea Hinwood

Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Andrea Hinwood (B.Sc., M.AppSc., PhD) is the Chief Scientist at UNEP. She is an environmental scientist with expertise in environmental exposures and impacts on human health. Since May 2017, Andrea has been serving as the first ever Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria, Australia.

In this role, she has developed and implemented programs to enhance EPA’s role as an evidence-based scientific organisation and to prevent pollution and waste impacts on communities and the environment. She was previously an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and held appointments as a member and Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia and also a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia.

Andrea's career has included the provision of strategic advice to the government on a wide variety of environmental matters, including ozone depleting substances, air quality, fire and smoke management, biodiversity impacts and emerging contaminants. Andrea holds a PhD from the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Andrea Hinwood (B.Sc., M.AppSc., PhD) is the Chief Scientist at UNEP. She is an environmental scientist with expertise in environmental exposures and impacts on human health. Since May 2017, Andrea has been serving as the first ever Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria, Australia. In this role, she has developed and implemented programs to enhance EPA’s role as an evidence-based scientific organisation and to prevent pollution and waste impacts on communities and the environment.

She was previously an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and held appointments as a member and Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia and also a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia.

Andrea's career has included the provision of strategic advice to the government on a wide variety of environmental matters, including ozone depleting substances, air quality, fire and smoke management, biodiversity impacts and emerging contaminants. Andrea holds a PhD from the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Michael Brauer

Professor PhD, ScD, University of British Columbia

Assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution. His research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form (air pollution, noise, greenness) and population health.

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Lisa Emberson

Prof Lisa Emberson SEI Affiliated Researcher, University of York

Air pollution and climate change impacts on plant physiology, scaling to whole crop, tree and grassland productivity. Development of risk assessment methodologies for air quality guidelines to protect vegetation.

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Jiang Kejun

Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Institute in China

Climate change and energy policy with focus on energy technology policy assessment, energy supply policy assessment, renewable energy development and energy conservation, including energy and emission scenarios, assessment on energy and fuel tax, research on China's potential to achieve its energy targets and development of the Integrated Policy Assessment models.

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Shonali Pachauri

Research group leader of the Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group, in the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program at (IIASA), Austria.

Analysis of socio-economic, demographic and environmental dimensions of household energy access and use in developing countries.

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Johan Kuylenstierna

Leader at SEI, a member of SEI’s Global Research Committee, and Reader at the University of York, UK

His research is concerned with various aspects of air pollution at scales ranging from regional to global, particularly effects of acidifying deposition, eutrophying nitrogen deposition and gaseous pollutant impacts on crops, forests and human health. Johan is a Research Leader at SEI. Prior to this role he was Centre Director for the SEI centre in York from 1997-2012, Policy Director from 2013-19 and joined SEI in 1989. Before that he was part of the Beijer Institute, and has been at the University of York, at which the SEI York centre is housed, since 1986. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

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Marielle Saunois

Assistant professor at Université de Versailles Saint Quentin associated to the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement since 2011

Marielle Saunois is an assistant professor at Université de Versailles Saint Quentin associated to the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement since 2011.

Her research addresses the assessment of global methane sources and sinks. She works with global chemistry transport models and uses 4D-var inversion systems to constrain the methane cycle using atmospheric observations. She is co-leading the Global Methane Budget – methane initiative of the Global Carbon project.

Before being hired at LSCE she works on tropospheric chemistry, including ozone and its precursors, using a chemistry transport model, and in-situ and remote observations at the Laboratoire d’Aérologie and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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A.R. Ravishankara

Chemist and atmospheric scientist, Colorado State University

Atmospheric studies, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and regional air quality

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Ilse Aben

Senior scientist in the Earth group at SRON

Dr. Aben is a senior scientist in the Earth group at SRON. The group focuses primarily on the interpretation of satellite remote sensing data of greenhouse gases (CO2 and methane) and related species as part of the Carbon cycle research. Dr. Aben is the Dutch Co-Principal Investigator and co-initiator of the TROPOMI instrument on the Sentinel-5 Precursor mission. She leads the SRON TROPOMI team responsible for safeguarding the scientific performance of the TROPOMI SWIR channel measuring CO and methane. The team has in the past defined the SWIR science requirements, instrument requirements, provided support to instrument development and trade-offs, calibration of the SWIR channel, and development of the SWIR L2 algorithms. Dr. Aben is responsible for a number of projects in her group focusing on detection and emission quantification of methane localised and area sources funded through different funding agencies (NWO, UNEP, EDF, ESA), and several projects for the delivery of methane products from different satellites (ECMWF CAMS and C3S, ESA CCI+).

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Tatsuya Hanaoka

Head of  the Social Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan

Dr. Hanaoka has been a member of the Asia-Pacific Integrated Assessment Modeling (AIM) project, in the research fields of computer simulation models for evaluating mitigation options and emissions reduction scenarios. His key research fields are 1) multi-regional and multi-sectoral Integrated Assessment Modeling, 2) emissions scenarios on Long-lived Greenhouse gases (LL-GHGs), Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs), and air pollutants, particularly focusing on Global and Asia regions, 3) co-benefits analyses on emissions mitigation and health impact, and 4) service demand projection analyses.

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Gabrielle Dreyfus

Chief Scientist at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus is the Chief Scientist at IGSD, where she collaborates with leading experts and international partners to conduct research, and craft and advance policies to slow global warming through strategies to control short-lived climate pollutants, improve energy efficiency, and protect carbon sinks. 

She is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, where she teaches science policy. Dr. Dreyfus is a member of the Montreal Protocol’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel and chair of the U.S. National Academies’ committee on Atmospheric Methane Removal: Development of a Research Agenda.

In addition to over a dozen scientific and technical publications, Dr. Dreyfus was a member of the technical review committee of the Global Cooling Prize and worked as the lead coordinating author on a synthesis report by the International Energy Agency and United Nations Environment Programme on the intersection of energy efficiency and the phasedown of f-gases in the cooling sector. 

Rebecca Garland

Associate Professor University of Pretoria in South Africa

Rebecca Garland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her research focuses on improving the understanding of air quality and atmospheric science in southern Africa. This includes emissions inventory development, photochemical air quality modelling, risk, vulnerability and impact assessment, evidence-based air quality management planning, and the linkages between air quality and climate change in a regional to urban scale. Before joining the University of Pretoria, Rebecca was a Principal Researcher in the Climate and Air Quality Modelling Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial research (CSIR), South Africa. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder focusing on atmospheric science and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.

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N'Datchoh Evelyne Toure

Researcher at LASMES, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB) in Côte d’Ivoire

N’Datchoh E. TOURE is a researcher at the Laboratoire des Sciences de la Matière, de l'Environnement et de l'Énergie Solaire (LASMES) of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB) in Côte d’Ivoire. She completed her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in Nigeria. Her Ph.D. work focused on the West African aerosols and their climate impacts within the framework of West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) and International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) scholarships.

Following her graduation, she earned a postdoctoral position in Laboratoire d’Aerologie of Toulouse (France) where she worked on climate modeling and investigating uncertainties in African biomass emission inventories and atmospheric pollution impact on human health.

Her team research in LASMES focuses on air pollution and its impacts on climate, weather, and human health in the West African region. Within this team, she focuses on aerosols and their impacts, as well as climate change. She has co-authored about twenty peer-reviewed articles published in international climate journals.

She is contributing as coordinating lead author African Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change. She is also a member of the implementation team of the African Group on Atmospheric Sciences (ANGA), an International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) working group.

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Venkataraman Chandra

Shobha Dixit Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Chandra Venkataraman is the Shobha Dixit Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Dr. Venkataraman was the Founding Convener (2012-2018) of the Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies, a first such doctoral programme in India. She coordinates the 22-institution COALESCE network (Carbonaceous Aerosol Emissions, Source Apportionment and Climate Impacts) towards understanding the carbonaceous aerosol life cycle, climate impacts and climate feedback to air quality in the Indian region. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology and emissions, climate science, air pollution and environmental sustainability policy. Dr. Venkataraman’s research has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed publications, a book and four patents. She has mentored students to academic and R&D positions worldwide and worked on institutional systems to support the advancement of women faculty and students in STEM.

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Luis Carlos Belalcazar

Associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, National University of Colombia, Bogotá.

Luis Carlos Belalcazar is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. He did his undergraduate and master studies in chemical and environmental engineering in Colombia and received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL. Dr. Belalcazar has participated in international research projects in different countries (Switzerland, Vietnam, Cuba, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia) and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers. His research currently concentrates on implementing and combining different research tools for the integrated assessment and policymaking of air pollution and climate change.

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Sophie Szopa

Atmospheric chemist at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement

Sophie Szopa is an atmospheric chemist at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement. She uses numerical models to study how chemistry intervenes in the modification of the composition of the atmosphere and how this affects climate and air quality.

She carried out work on these various current environmental issues, before becoming interested in the role of this chemistry in the distant past of the Earth. She has been involved in the assessment of knowledge of the physical bases of climate change for the IPCC (AR6) and coordinated a chapter on short-lived chemical compounds acting on the climate. She participated in the drafting of the Summary for Policymakers of this report and its approval by governments. She is currently vice-president of the University Paris-Saclay, in charge of the sustainable development.

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Fayez Abdulla

Professor, PhD, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology

Fayez Abdulla is Professor of Water resources and environmental engineering at the Civil Engineering Department at Jordan University of Science and Technology and Director Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology. 

He has more than 28 years of national, regional and international experience in water resources, climate change and environmental engineering. His research focuses on climate change related studies including vulnerability and impact studies of climate change on water, waste, agriculture, health and energy sectors. 

He has carried out several GHG emissions assessments from waste and agriculture sectors. He has more than 60 published articles on climate impacts, mitigation and adaptation studies on various sectors. His research currently focuses on climate change and human health as related to air pollution, water scarcity, and sand dust storms.  

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Eric Zusman

Senior policy researcher/area leader at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies in Hayama, Japan

Eric Zusman is a senior policy researcher/area leader at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies in Hayama, Japan. Dr. Zusman holds a bachelors degree in Mandarin Chinese from Rutgers University, a dual Masters Degree in public policy and Asian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

For much of the past two decades he has conducted research on environmental issues in Asia. This has included working with China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission, the Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Science, Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum as well as Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. He has published books and articles on water scarcity, air pollution regulation, environmental law, multilevel governance, sustainability transitions, low carbon development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is currently serving as a lead author for the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Chapter 17).

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PAST MEMBERS

Markus Amann

Analysis of climate, environmental, and health aspects of atmospheric pollutants.

Analysis of climate, environmental, and health aspects of atmospheric pollutants.

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Graciela Binimelis de Raga

Aerosol pollution and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions

Dr. Graciela B. Raga, born in Argentina, did her undergraduate studies in meteorology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington (USA) in 1989.

Postdoctoral work at Environment Canada and at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK) gave her opportunities to develop research on cloud-aerosol interactions through in-situ measurements with research aircraft. She has been a scientist and professor at UNAM since 1995, having authored 76 peer-reviewed publications and several chapters in books, and supervised 16 master and PhD theses.

Her research in Mexico focused more on aerosol urban pollution, providing a new direction by bringing a physical context to the pollution research. She has developed several graduate level courses and has taught systematically over the last 20 years. She has been a member of several international committees including the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC), International Commission of Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate (ACPC) Initiative of the International Global Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and a membe of the Joint Scietific Committee of the World Research Climate Programme (WCRP). She was the Chief Editor of the journal Atmosfera, a member of the Mexico Academy of Sciences, of the National System of Research (SNI, level III) of the National Research Council of Mexico (CONACYT) and of the Third World Organization for Women in Science.

She is currently a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). She was Lead Author for Working Group I of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), including participation in the Summary for Policy Makers and the Technical Summary of the Assessment. Recently, she co-chaired the Regional Assessment on SLCP in Latin America and the Caribbean, whose Summary for Decision Makers was presented at the UNEA meeting in 2016.

She is also a member of the Committee to Prevent Extreme Climate Change (CPECC), chaired by Drs. Ramanathan, D. Zaelke and M. Molina.

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Jian Liu

Science and policy for ecosystems management, agriculture, environment, and climate change

Science and policy for ecosystems management, agriculture, environment, and climate change

Kristin Aunan

Health impact assessment, focus on settings with extensive use of dirty household fuels and exposure to indoor...

Health impact assessment, focus on settings with extensive use of dirty household fuels and exposure to indoor air pollution (China, Mongolia, Africa) Field work related to air pollution exposure measurements in rural settings

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Shardul Agrawala

Climate change and development, the economics of climate change

Climate change and development, the economics of climate change

Harry Clark

Dr Clark is a New Zealand expert on agricultural greenhouse gas research, and is currently the Director of the New Zealand...

Dr Clark is a New Zealand expert on agricultural greenhouse gas research, and is currently the Director of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, prior to which he headed up AgResearch’s Climate, Land and Environment section. Harry also sits on a number of New Zealand and international government panels and committees and co-chairs the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

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Yacob Mulugetta

Energy systems, development, industrial policy

Energy systems, development, industrial policy

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Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Observations and modeling of SLCPs.

Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (USA). Professor Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon.

He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide, and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. Based on his research, he developed a new approach for mitigating climate change that involves mitigating emissions of four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to drastically reduce near-term warming and slowing down the retreat of the Himalayan glaciers.

He is now implementing this new approach in the field. Professor Ramanathan conducted work on observations and modeling of SLCPs, particularly black carbon in Asia. He founded, designed, and leads Project Surya, an extended effort to characterize and mitigate environmental impacts of black carbon, ozone, and methane in rural India.

He also initiated ICAMP, a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India. Involved in research on mitigation strategies and has published on technical and policy options for SLCP reduction.

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Supat Wongwangwatana

Environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental...

Environmental management, environmental quality control and environmental policy planning (including practical experience of transport management in Bangkok)

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Paul Michael Boothe

2014 - 2016. Director and Professor, Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University (Canada)

Acted as an independent consultant to Canada’s provincial and federal governments, and internationally to the World Bank, Government of Nigeria, United Nations, and the International Development Research Council. Also served at the deputy minister level in Saskatchewan Finance, Finance Canada, and Industry Canada. Served as Deputy Minister of Environment Canada (2010-2012).

Andy Haines

2014 - 2018. Research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.

Mario J. Molina

Dr. Molina was one of the world's leading researchers in atmospheric chemistry.

He co-authored, together with FS Rowland in 1974, the original article predicting the thinning of the ozone layer as a result of the emission of certain industrial gases, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which won them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In addition, his research and publications on the subject led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations, the first international treaty that has effectively faced an environmental problem of global scale and of anthropogenic origin.

Dr. Molina was one of the world's leading researchers in atmospheric chemistry. He co-authored, together with FS Rowland in 1974, the original article predicting the thinning of the ozone layer as a result of the emission of certain industrial gases, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which won them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

In addition, his research and publications on the subject led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations, the first international treaty that has effectively faced an environmental problem of global scale and of anthropogenic origin.

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Zhang Shiqiu

2014 - 2018. Economic analysis of a multiple pollutants control strategy, and regional management and policy evaluation.

Sokona Youba

2012 - 2014. Coordinator, African Climate Policy Center, based in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Ethiopia).

Co-chair of IPCC Working Group III. Previously served as Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS). Broad experience in Africa in policy development. Served in various advisory capacities to African governments. Published extensively on the issues of energy, environment and development with a focus on Africa

Leena Srivastava

2012 - 2014. Dr Srivastava has over thirty years of experience in the fields of energy and environment, including climate change, policy and economics.

She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.
Nino Künzli

Professor Nino Künzli, MD, PhD, MPH, Swiss TPH

Environmental epidemiology with a primary emphasis on understanding the effects of air pollution on health through exposure science and epidemiologic research.

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Michael Grutter

Professor Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Michel Grutter is professor at UNAM in the Earth Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate programs. He studied chemistry at the University of Texas, USA and concluded in 1999 his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Dr. Grutter now leads an active research group in the field of spectroscopy and remote sensing at the Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Change.

His main research areas are aimed to detect and characterize changes in the Earth’s composition by means of optical methods, operating ground stations that serve for the characterization of source strengths, distribution and transport of air pollutants as well as identifying the variability of climate-relevant species. He has coordinated a large number of national and international projects and has participated in several science teams and committees (IGAC, TEMPO, GeoCarb, etc.).

He was Head of the Department in Atmospheric Observation and Instrumentation at his institute between 2014 and 2021, where he coordinated a project in Mexico to establish a university network of atmospheric observatories nationwide to foster multidisciplinary collaboration and education in atmospheric sciences.

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