Alexander Turner

  • Program Years: 2013-2017
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Atmospheric Science
  • Academic Advisor: Daniel Jacob
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2014)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2016)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Atmospheric Chemistry, Harvard University, 2017
    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
  • Research Area: Atmospheric Science
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29.) Turner, A.J., P. Köhler, T.S. Magney, C. Frankenberg, I. Fung, and R.C. Cohen (2021), Extreme events driving year-to-year differences in gross primary productivity across the US, Biogeosci., 18, 6579-6588, doi:10.5194/bg-18-6579-2021.

28.) Laughner, J.L., J.L. Neu, D. Schimel, P.O. Wennberg, K. Barsanti, K. Bowman, A. Chatterjee, B. Croes, H. Fitzmaurice, D.K. Henze, J. Kim, E.A. Kort, Z. Liu, K. Miyazaki, A.J. Turner, S. Anenberg, J. Avise, H. Cao, D. Crisp, J. de Gouw, A. Eldering, J. Fyfe, D.L. Goldberg, K.R. Gurney, S. Hasheminassab, F. Hopkins, C.E. Ivey, D.B.A. Jones, J. Liu, N.S. Lovenduski, R.V. Martin, G.A. McKinley, L. Ott, B. Poulter, M. Ru, S.P. Sander, N. Swart, Y.L. Yung, Z. Zeng, and KISS COVID-19 workshop team (2021), Societal shifts due to COVID-19 reveal large-scale complexities and feedbacks between atmospheric chemistry and climate change, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 118, doi:10.1073/pnas.2109481118.

27.) J. Gensheimer, A.J. Turner, A. Shekhar, A. Wenzel, F.N. Keutsch, and J. Chen (2021), What are different measures of mobility changes telling us about emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic?, J. Geophys. Res., 126, doi:10.1029/2021JD034664.

26.) Turner, A.J., J. Kim, H. Fitzmaurice, C. Newman, K. Worthington, K, Chan, P.J. Wooldridge, P. Koehler, C. Frankenberg, and R.C. Cohen (2020), Observed impacts of COVID-19 on urban CO2 emissions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, doi:10.1029/2020GL090037.

25.) Turner, A.J., P. Koehler, T.S. Magney, C. Frankenberg, I. Fung, and R.C. Cohen (2020), A double peak in the seasonality of California's photosynthesis as observed from space, Biogeosci., 17, 405-422, doi:10.5194/bg-17-405-2020.

24.) Ngyuen, N., A.J. Turner, Y. Yin, M. Prather, and C. Frankenberg (2020), Effects of chemical feedbacks on decadal methane emissions estimates, Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, doi:10.1029/2019GL085706.

23.) Turner, A.J.*, C. Frankenberg*, and E.A. Kort* (2019), Interpreting contemporary trends in atmospheric methane, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 116, doi:10.1073/pnas.1814297116.

22.) Cusworth, D.H., D.J. Jacob, J.X. Sheng, J. Benmergui, A.J. Turner, J. Brandman, L. White, and C.A. Randles (2018), Detecting high-emitting methane sources in oil/gas fields using satellite observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16885-16896, doi:10.5194/acp-18-16885-2018.

21.) Turner, A.J., I. Fung, V. Naik, L.W. Horowitz, and R.C. Cohen (2018), Modulation of hydroxyl variability by ENSO in the absence of external forcing, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115, 8931-8936, doi:10.1073/pnas.1807532115.

20.) Sheng, J.X., D.J. Jacob, A.J. Turner, J.D. Maasakkers, J. Benmergui, A.A. Bloom, C. Ardnt, R. Gautam, D. Zavala-Araiza, H. Boesch, and R.J. Parker (2018), 2010-2016 methane trends over Canada, the United States, and Mexico observed by the GOSAT satellite: contributions from different source sectors, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12257-12267, doi:10.5194/acp-18-12257-2018.

19.) Turner, A.J., D.J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, J. Brandman, L. White, and C.A. Randles (2018), Assessing the capability of different satellite observing configurations to resolve the distribution of methane emissions at kilometer scales, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8265-8278, doi:10.5194/acp-18-8265-2018.

18.) Sheng, J.X., D.J. Jacob, A.J. Turner, J.D. Maasakkers, M.P. Sulprizio, A.A. Bloom, A.E. Andrews, and D. Wunch (2018), High-resolution inversion of methane emissions in the Southeast US using SEAC4RS aircraft observations of atmospheric methane: anthropogenic and wetlands sources, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6483-6491, doi:10.5194/acp-18-6483-2018.

17.) Bloom, A.A., K. Bowman, M. Lee, A.J. Turner, R. Schroeder, J.R. Worden, R.J. Weidner, K. McDonald, and D.J. Jacob (2017), A global wetland methane emissions and uncertainty dataset for atmospheric chemical transport models (WetCHARTs version 1.0), Geosci. Mod. Dev., 10, 2141-2156, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-2141-2017.

16.) Buchwitz, M., O. Schneising, M. Reuter, J. Heymann, S. Krautwurst, H. Bovensmann, J.P. Burrows, H. Boesch, R.J. Parker, P. Somkuti, R.G. Detmers, O.P. Hasekamp, I. Aben, A. Butz, C. Frankenberg, and A.J. Turner (2017), Satellite-derived methane hotspot emission estimates using a fast data-driven method, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5751-5744, doi:10.5194/acp-17-5751-2017.

15.) Turner, A.J., C. Frankenberg, P.O. Wennberg, and D.J. Jacob (2017), Ambiguity in the causes for decadal trends in atmospheric methane and hydroxyl, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 114, 5367-5372, doi:10.1073/pnas.1616020114.

14.) Tzompa-Sosa, Z.A., E.V. Fischer, E. Mahieu, B. Franco, C.A. Keller, A.J. Turner, D. Helmig, A. Fried, D. Richter, P. Weibring, J. Walega, T.I. Yacovitch, S.C. Herndon, D.R. Blake, F. Hase, J. Hannigan, S. Conway, K. Strong, and M. Schneider (2017), Revisiting a global fossil fuel and biofuel emissions of ethane, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 2493-2512, doi:10.1002/2016JD025767.

13.) Bader, W., B. Bovy, S. Conway, K. Strong, D. Smale, A.J. Turner, T. Blumenstock, C. Boone, M.C. Coen, A. Coulon, O. Garcia, D.W.T. Griffith, F. Hase, P. Hausmann, N. Jones, P. Krummel, I. Murata, I. Morino, H. Nakajima, S. O'Doherty, C. Paton-Walsh, J. Robinson, R. Sandrin, M. Schneider, C. Servais, R. Sussmann, and E. Mahieu (2017), The recent increase of atmospheric methane from 10 years of ground-based NDACC FTIR observations since 2005, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2255-2277, doi:10.5194/acp-17-2255-2017.

12.) Maasakkers, J.D., D.J. Jacob, M. Sulprizio, A.J. Turner, M. Weitz, T. Wirth, C. Hight, M. DeFigueiredo, M. Desai, R. Schmeltz, L. Hockstad, A.A. Bloom, K.W. Bowman, S. Jeong, and M.L. Fischer (2016), A gridded national inventory of US methane emissions, Env. Sci. Technol., 50, 13123-13133, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02878.

11.) Jacob, D.J., A.J. Turner, J.D. Maasakkers, J. Sheng, K. Sun, K. Chance, I. Aben, J. McKeever, and C. Frankenberg (2016), Satellite observations of atmospheric methane and their application to constrain emissions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 14371-14396, doi:10.5194/acp-16-14371-2016.

10.) Turner, A.J., A.A. Shusterman, B.C. McDonald, V. Teige, R.A. Harley, and R.C. Cohen (2016), Network design for quantifying urban CO2 emissions: assessing trade-offs between precision and network density, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13465-13475, doi:10.5194/acp-16-13465-2016.

9.) A.A. Shusterman, V. Teige, A.J. Turner, C. Newman, J. Kim, and R.C. Cohen (2016), The BErkeley Atmospheric CO2 Observation Network: initial evaluation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13449-13463, doi:10.5194/acp-16-13449-2016.

8.) Tan, Z. Q. Zhuang, D. K. Henze, C. Frankenberg, E. Dlugokencky, C. Sweeney, A.J. Turner, M. Sasakawa, and T. Machida (2016), Inverse modeling of pan-Arctic methane emissions at high spatial resolution: what can we learn from assimilating satellite retrievals and using different process-based wetland and lake biogeochemical models?, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16,12649-12666, doi:10.5194/acp-16-12649-2016.

7.) Bousserez, N., D.K. Henze, B. Rooney, A. Perkins, K.J. Wecht, A.J. Turner, V. Natraj, and J.R. Worden (2016), Constraints on methane emissions in North America from future geostationary remote sensing measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6175-6190, doi:10.5194/acp-16-6175-2016.

6.) Turner, A.J., D.J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, S.C. Wofsy, J.D. Maasakkers, A. Butz, O. Hasekamp, and S.C. Biraud (2016), A large increase in U.S. methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1029/2016GL067987.

5.) Worden, J.R., A.J. Turner, A. Bloom, S.S. Kulawik, J. Liu, M. Lee, R. Weidner, K. Bowman, C. Frankenberg, R.J. Parker, and V.H. Payne (2015), Quantifying Lower Tropospheric Methane Concentrations Using Near-IR and Thermal IR Satellite Measurements: Comparison to the GEOS-Chem model, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 3433-3445, doi:10.5194/amt-8-3433-2015.

4.) Turner, A.J., D.J. Jacob, K.J. Wecht, J.D. Maasakkers, E. Lundgren, A.E. Andrews, S.C. Biraud, H. Boesch, K.W. Bowman, N.M. Deutscher, M.K. Dubey, D.W.T. Griffith, F. Hase, A. Kuze, J. Notholt, H. Ohyama, R. Parker, V.H. Payne, R. Sussmann, C. Sweeney, V.A. Velazco, T. Warneke, P.O. Wennberg, and D. Wunch (2015), Estimating global and North American methane emissions with high spatial resolution using GOSAT satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7049-7069, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7049-2015.

3.) Turner, A.J. and D.J. Jacob (2015), Balancing aggregation and smoothing errors in inverse models, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7039-7048, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7039-2015.

2.) Turner, A.J., A.M. Fiore, L.W. Horowitz, and M. Bauer (2013), Summertime cyclone frequencies over the Great Lakes Storm Track from 1860-2100: variability, trends, and association with ozone pollution, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 565-578, doi:10.5194/acp-13-565-2013.

1.) Turner, A.J., D.K. Henze, R.V. Martin, and A. Hakami (2012), The spatial extent of source influences on modeled column concentrations of short-lived species, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12806, doi:10.1029/2012GL051832.


2020 - AGU James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award
2017 - UC Berkeley Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship
2017 - Caltech Stanback Postdoctoral Fellowship, declined
2017 - Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists
2013 - Department of Energy CSGF Fellowship
2013 - Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship, declined
2012 - U. Colorado Outstanding Graduate for Research
2011 - Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award
2010 - Vestas Mechanical Engineering Student of the Year
2010 - NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship