Eric A. Kort

Assistant Professor

Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

Contact Info

Email: eakort@umich.edu

Phone: (734) 763-8414

Fax: (734) 764-0437

Office

2553 Space Research Building
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143

Research

Instrument Development/Deployment

We actively work with instrumentation, with a particular focus in preparing instruments for deployment in challenging environments. Currently we have a new instrument for continuous in-situ observations of ethane and methane. Simultaneous observation of these two species allows for quantitative differentiation of contributing methane sources. We have recently deployed this instrument in both ground and airborne campaigns.

Photo from the field: Prof. Kort flying in TX (pilot Stephen Conley)

Aircraft Campaigns

Making observations from aircraft enables us to study emissions, uptake, and transport processes on scales ranging from local to global. We conduct this research on a range of platforms, from small propellor aircraft to larger platforms, such as the NSF/NCAR GV.

  • ORCAS- a representative upcoming airborne campaign
  • Photo from the field: Antarctic Sea Ice

    Satellite Analyses

    Space-based observations provide unmatched spatiotemporal observations of the earth. We have specialized in performing focused regional studies with satellite observations, concentrating on regions of intense emissions (such as Megacities).

  • GOSAT
  • OCO-2
  • Photo from the field: Arctic Haze

    Regional Modeling

    To link these observations of atmospheric concentrations to flux processes, we perform various data analysis methods. The most powerful tool we typically deploy is Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Modeling-- which enables us to calculate high-resolution relationships between our observations and upwind sources.

  • Our most commonly used LPDM, the STILT model
  • Photo from the field: Aleutian Islands

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