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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A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the U.S. electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson proposes an underground solution to that problem.
By Dan Stober,
Quotes Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) on the cost effectiveness of renewable energy versus nuclear.
By Ben Adler,
Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) on the feasibility of solar panel-paved roadways.
By Wendy Koch,