Modeling greenhouse gas emissions from atmospheric observations with Lei Hu
Lei Hu is a CIRES research scientist working at the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory's Halocarbon and other Trace Species Division in Boulder, Colorado. In her research, Lei uses atmospheric observations around the world and inverse modeling to quantify regional emissions and removals of greenhouse gases. These observation-based emission estimates help cross-check human-caused emission estimates based on inventory and also advance understanding of how natural ecosystems take up greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to mitigate the greenhouse effect on climate. Additionally, part of Lei’s research focuses on ozone-destroying substances and their substitutes, which are also potent greenhouse gases. Her work on ozone-destroying substances not only tracks potential violations of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer but also examines climate implications of the transition from ozone-destroying substances to their substitutes.