Ray Nassar

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Research Scientist - Greenhouse Gas Measurements and Modelling

Current research and/or projects

  • Quantification of CO2 and CH4 sources and sinks using satellite-based and surface-based atmospheric CO2/CH4 observations and models
  • Retrieval and application of CO2 and CH4 concentrations from satellite observations
  • Studies to determine the benefit of planned or hypothetical observing systems, such as future satellite missions

Professional activities / interests

  • Principal Investigator (PI) for AIM-North (The Atmospheric Imaging Mission for Northern Regions) since 2017
  • Science team member for the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE, since 2000), Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO/OCO-2/OCO-3, since 2007), Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT/GOSAT-2, since 2009)
  • Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report
  • Member of the Atmospheric Science Advisory Committee (ASAC) for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) since 2017

Education and awards

University of Toronto, Department of Physics, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2010

Harvard University, Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling Group, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2008

Ph.D. University of Waterloo, 2006

B.Ed. Queen's University, 1998

B.Sc. University of Waterloo, 1998

Key publications

Nassar, R., C. McLinden, C.E. Sioris, C.T. McElroy, J. Mendonca, J. Tamminen, C.G. MacDonald, C. Adams, C. Boisvenue, A. Bourassa, R. Cooney, D. Degenstein, G. Drolet, L. Garand, R. Girard, M. Johnson, D.B.A. Jones, F. Kolonjari, B. Kuwahara, R.V. Martin, C.E. Miller, N. O'Neill, A. Riihela, S. Roche, S. Sander, W.R. Simpson, G. Singh, K. Strong, A.P. Trishchenko, H. van Mierlo, Z. Vaziri Zanjani, K.A. Walker, D. Wunch, 2019. The Atmospheric Imaging Mission for Northern Regions: AIM-North. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 45, https://doi.org/10.1080/07038992.2019.1643707.

Nassar, R., T.G. Hill, C.A. McLinden, D. Wunch, D.B.A. Jones, D. Crisp. 2017. Quantifying CO2 emissions from individual power plants from space. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL074702.

Nassar, R., C.E. Sioris, D.B.A. Jones, J.C. McConnell. 2014. Satellite observations of CO2 from a highly elliptical orbit for studies of the Arctic and boreal carbon cycle. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119, 2654-2673.

Garand, L., A.P. Trishchenko, L. Trichtchenko, R. Nassar. 2014. The Polar Communications and Weather Mission: Addressing remaining gaps in the Earth Observing System, Physics in Canada, 70 (4), 247-254.

Deng, F., D.B.A. Jones, D.K. Henze, N. Bousserez, K.W. Bowman, J.B. Fisher, R. Nassar, C. O'Dell, D. Wunch, P.O. Wennberg, E.A. Kort, S.C. Wofsy, T. Blumenstock, N.M. Deutscher, D. Griffith, F. Hase, P. Heikkinen, V. Sherlock, K. Strong, R. Sussmann, T. Warneke. 2014. Inferring regional sources and sinks of atmospheric CO2 from GOSAT XCO2 data. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 3703-3727.

Nassar, R., L. Napier-Linton, K.R. Gurney, R.J. Andres, T. Oda, F.R. Vogel, F. Deng. 2013. Improving the temporal and spatial distribution of CO2 emissions from global fossil fuel emission datasets. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 917-933.

Nassar, R., D.B.A. Jones, S.S. Kulawik, J.R. Worden, K.W. Bowman, R.J. Andres, P. Suntharalingam, J.M. Chen, C.A.M. Brenninkmeijer, T.J. Schuck, T.J. Conway, D.E. Worthy. 2011. Inverse modeling of CO2 sources and sinks using satellite observations of CO2 from TES and surface flask measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11:6029-6047.

Nassar, R., D.B.A. Jones, P. Suntharalingam, J.M. Chen, R.J. Andres, K.J. Wecht, R.M. Yantosca, S.S. Kulawik, K.W. Bowman, J.R. Worden, T. Machida and H. Matsueda. 2010. Modeling global atmospheric CO2 with improved emission inventories and CO2 production from the oxidation of other carbon species. Geoscientific Model Development, 3:689-716.

Kulawik, S.S., D.B.A. Jones, R. Nassar, F.W. Irion, J.R. Worden, K.W. Bowman, T. Machida, H. Matsueda, Y. Sawa, S.C. Biraud, M. Fisher and A.R. Jacobson. 2010. Characterization of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) CO2 for carbon cycle science. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10:5601-5623.

Payne, V.H., S.A. Clough, M.W. Shephard, R. Nassar and J.A. Logan. 2009. Information-centered representation of retrievals with limited degrees of freedom for signal: Application to methane from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114:D10307, doi:10.1029/2008JD010155.