Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Jacobson specializes in computer modeling and analysis of air pollution, weather, and climate and the impact of energy technologies on the atmosphere. Some goals of his research are to understand physical, chemical, and dynamical processes in the atmosphere better through numerical modeling and to improve the simulation of air pollution, weather, and climate. Some topics he has studied include near-source pollutant evolution, the effects of aerosols on climate and ultraviolet radiation, the effects of aerosol mixing state on radiative heating, the effects of black carbon and biomass burning on climate, gas- and aqueous-phase air pollution chemistry, cloud formation and evolution, aerosol microphysics and chemistry, wind energy resources, the effect of hydrogen fuel cells on the atmosphere, and the relationship between different energy sources and climate. As part of his research, he has developed and applied numerical algorithms that simulate gas, aerosol, cloud microphysical, radiative, and land/ocean-surface processes. He has also developed an air-pollution-weather-climate model that he has applied to study scientific problems from the freeway scale to the global scale.
Selected Publications by this Author
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Computer simulations by Stanford Woods Institute fellow show that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.
By Bjorn Carey,
Commentary on Woods Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson's "madcap idea" to protect America's coasts from storms
More about Woods Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson's wind power research
By Lindsay Abrams,
Harnessing storm gales can power the U.S., according to Woods Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson
By Wendy Koch,