Ralf M. Staebler

Research Scientist - Micrometeorology, flux and trace gas measurements

Current research and/or projects

Environmental processes studies on emission, atmospheric transport and deposition of pollutants; micrometeorology; measuring fluxes of atmospheric trace components; Arctic boundary layer dynamics; Arctic tropospheric ozone depletions

  • Investigation of processes responsible for the depletion of ozone and mercury in the Arctic boundary layer in support of the International Polar Year
  • Ammonia concentration and flux measurements over natural and agricultural land surfaces to determine source and sink strengths in support of the National Agri-Environmental Standards Initiative
  • Continuous long-term measurements of forest-atmosphere exchange of CO2, energy and nitrogen compounds to investigate effects of climate and pollution on forest dynamics and potential feedbacks
  • Development of new techniques for the measurement of exchange rates of trace gases and particulate matter

Professional activities / interests

Co-PI of the OASIS-Canada (Ocean-Atmosphere-Sea-Ice-Snowpack) project during the International Polar Year.

Lead author of chapter on emission and deposition of NH3 in NAESI (National Agricultural Emissions Standards Initiative) assessment report, 2008

Supervisor of two post-doctoral fellows working on multi-year forest-atmosphere exchange data and aerosol fluxes

Journal paper reviewer (J. Geophys. Res., Agric. & Forest Meteorol., J. Atm. Chem., Ecol. Appl., J. Appl. Met., Climate Res, Boundary Layer Met., Biogeosciences, Atmos. Chem. Phys.)

Education and awards

Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York at Albany, 2003; M.Sc. Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto, 1990; B.Sc.E. Engineering Physics, Queen's University, 1989

State University of New York at Albany 2003 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Gokhale Award for Achievement in Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY Albany 2003

Key publications

Staebler, R.M., S. McGinn, B. Crenna, T. Flesch, K.L. Hayden and S.-M. Li. 2009. Three-dimensional characterization of the ammonia plume from a beef cattle feedlot. Atmos. Environment, 43: 6091-6099. 

Teklemariam, T., R.M. Staebler and A.G. Barr. 2009. Eight years of carbon dioxide exchange above a mixed forest at Borden, Ontario. Agric. Forest Meteorol., 149: 2040-2053.

Kurt-Karakus, P.B., T.F. Bidleman, R.M. Staebler and K.C. Jones. 2006. Measurement of DDT fluxes from a historically treated agricultural soil in Canada. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40(15): 4578-4585.

Staebler, R.M. and D.R. Fitzjarrald. 2004. Observing subcanopy CO2 advection. Ag. Forest Meteorol. 122: 139-156.

Morin, S., G. Hönninger, R.M. Staebler and J.W. Bottenheim. 2005. A high time resolution study of boundary layer ozone chemistry and dynamics over the Arctic Ocean near Alert, Nunavut. Geophys. Res. Lett. 32, L08809, doi:10.1029/2004GL022098.

Staebler, R.M., D. Toom-Sauntry, L.A. Barrie, U. Langendörfer, E. Lehrer, S.-M. Li and H. Dryfhout-Clark. 1999. Physical and chemical characteristics of aerosols at Spitsbergen in the spring of 1996. J. Geophys. Res. 104: 5515-5529.

Makar, P.A., J.D. Fuentes, D. Wang, R.M. Staebler and H.A. Wiebe. 1999. Chemical processing of biogenic hydrocarbons within and above a temperate deciduous forest. J. Geophys. Res. 104: 3581-3603.