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Steven J. Davis
Sustainable Systems Analysis Lab

Robert Fofrich, PhD Student

Robert is a first year PhD student who received his bachelor’s degree in Earth System Science from UC Irvine in 2016. He is interested in quantifying the climatic consequences that result from energy production as well as from land use change. In addition, Robert would like to inform members of the public and policy makers using findings from his research. His hope is that his research may help identify cost effect viable solutions to anthropogenic effects on the Earth system.

Recent and Pending Publications:

Fofrich, R. and Davis, S.J. (in prep) Infrastructural inertia in energy-emissions scenarios.

Shearer, C., Fofrich, R., and Davis, S.J. (2017) Future CO2 emissions and electricity generation from proposed coal-fired power plants in India. Earth's Future

Robert Fofrich

Fofrich CV

Dan Tong, Visiting PhD Student

Dan Tong graduated from the School of Chemistry and Environment at Beihang University in 2009, and is visiting UCI from the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, where she is a doctoral student working with Prof. Qiang Zhang. While at UC Irvine, Dan is working on papers analyzing a detailed global database of primary power infrastructure that she has developed, which includes estimates of CO2 emissions as well as criteria air pollutants. The work aims to help policymakers prioritize mitigation strategies for both climate change and air pollution, and to reveal important trade-offs and co-benefits.

Recent and Pending Publications:

Tong, D., Zhang, Q., Guan, D., and Davis, S.J. (in review) Super-polluting units in the global power sector.

Zhang, Q., Jiang, X., Tong, D., Davis, S.J., Zhao, H., Geng, G., Feng, T., Zheng, B., Lu, Z., Streets, D.G., Lin, J., Ni, R., Guan, D., Brauer, M., Martin, R.V., Huo, H., Liu, Z., Pan, D., Kan, H., and He, K. (2017) Transboundary health impacts of transported global air pollution and international trade. Nature , v. 543, p. 705-709.

Lin, J., Tong, D., Davis, S.J., Ni, R., Tan, X., Pan, D., Zhao, H., Lu, Z., Streets, D.G., Feng, T., Zhang, Q., Yan, Y., Hu, Y., Li, J., Liu, Z., He, K., Huang, Y., and Guan, D. (2016) Globalized climate forcing of aerosols via international trade. Nature Geoscience, v. 9, p. 790-794.

Dan Tong

Tong CV

WANTED: Graduate Students and Postdocs

Prof. Davis is seeking outstanding graduate students and postdocs to work in the areas of energy systems analysis, land use-climate interactions, food-energy-water nexus, and the environmental impacts of global trade. Interested students and PhDs should contact Prof. Davis by email and describe their research interests.

Energy Sources Database, a group project

Former Davis group students Geoff Bernd, Erin Delman, and Alyssa Wu have helped to develop a comprehensive table of infromation on worldwide energy resources, in collaboration with and with support from the Aspen Global Change Institute. Ongoing work will use the information as input to a web-based educational tool whereby users can design their own global energy system an see trade-offs in cost and emissions related to different energy systems.

Energy Table