Jason West, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

T:(919) 843-3928


146B Rosenau Hall

CB #7431

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


J. Jason West conducts interdisciplinary research addressing air pollution and climate change by using models of atmospheric chemistry and transport and tools for quantitative policy analysis. His work aims to understand the relationships between air pollution and climate change and their relevance for science and policy on local through global scales.

Using computer models, Dr. West is currently exploring the effects of changes in emissions on global air quality (ozone and particulate matter), the international transport of air pollutants, the health effects of air pollution, the effects of climate change on air quality and the radiative forcing of climate.

Recently, Dr. West led the first study of the co-benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation for air quality and human health to use global atmospheric models and future scenarios; results showed that the monetized co-benefits exceeded previous co-benefits estimates and exceeded the global costs of GHG mitigation through 2050.

Representative Courses

Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Solutions (ENVR 575)

Air Pollution Chemistry and Physics (ENVR 675)

Research Activities
Global climate change; air pollution; atmospheric modeling; ozone; fine particulate matter; human health impact assessment; risk assessment; quantitative policy analysis; radiative climate forcing; long-range air pollutant transport
Service Activities

• Member of Scientific Steering Committee, International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (http://www.icacgp.org/), 2010-present
• Editor on Reviews Board of journal Environmental Research Letters, 2015-present
• Co-editor of journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2012-present
• Lead for “Health Effects of Ozone and PM2.5” working group, UNECE Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution, 2010-present

Key Publications

Air quality and radiative forcing impacts of anthropogenic volatile organic compound emissions from ten world regions. Z. Adelman, M.M. Fry, M.D. Schwarzkopf, J.J. West (2014). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14(2), 523-535.

Impact of future CO2 emission reduction targets on US electric sector water use. C Cameron, R. Dodder, J West, W Yelverton (2014). Energy Strategy Reviews.

Impacts of intercontinental transport of anthropogenic fine particulate matter on human mortality. Susan Anenberg, Dan Bergmann, Isabelle Bey, Huisheng Bian, Mian Chin, Frank Dentener, Thomas Diehl, Arlene Fiore, Peter Hess, Elina Marmer, Veronica Montanaro, Rokjin Park, Michael Schulz, Drew Shindell, Toshihiko Takemura, J.Jason West, Hongbin Yu (2014). Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health.

Global premature mortality due to anthropogenic outdoor air pollution and the contribution of past climate change. Raquel Silva, J West (2013). Environmental Research Letters.

A multimodel assessment of the influence of regional anthropogenic emission reductions on aerosol direct radiative forcing and the role of intercontinental transport. et al., Cynthia Atherton, Nicolas Bellouin, Dan Bergmann, Isabelle Bey, Huisheng Bian, Mian Chin, Thomas Diehl, Gerd Forberth, Peter Hess, Michael Schulz, Drew Shindell, Toshihiko Takemura, Qian Tan, J. West, Hongbin Yu (2013). Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(2), 700-720.


PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering / Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998

MPhil, Environment and Development (Geography), University of Cambridge, 1995

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994

BSE (with honors), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, 1993