Carbon Mapper Welcomes Dr. Dan Cusworth as Carbon Project Scientist

Published on: Jun 1, 2021

Carbon Mapper welcomes Dr. Dan Cusworth as Carbon Project Scientist. Dan is lead author on a Environmental Science and Technology journal article released today that identified more than 1,000 high emission point sources of methane in the Permian Basin. The study sheds new light on the degree of intermittency in methane emissions from oil and gas production in the Permian, with at least half likely attributable to malfunctioning oil equipment. This line of research directly supports Carbon Mapper’s mission of providing actionable data to decision makers in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dan’s research focuses on methane and carbon dioxide emissions using satellite and airborne remote sensing data spanning regional to local facility scale, and designing multi-tiered observing and analysis frameworks. As Carbon Project Scientist, Dan will create and coordinate Carbon Mapper’s research program with a broad range of scientific partners while engaging with these entities and end users to improve Carbon Mapper data products. Dan will lead the overall methane and CO2 science enterprise for Carbon Mapper, working with team members to devise observing strategies and providing technical guidance for Carbon Mapper’s operational data platform.

Dan joins Carbon Mapper from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Applied Math and Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University.




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