Michael B. McElroy

Michael B. McElroy

Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies
Chair, Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment
Michael B. McElroy

Research Interests

Changes in the composition of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on the impact of human activity especially energy use; chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans, including interactions with the biosphere; evolution of planetary atmospheres; global carbon cycle.

Related Publications


Energy: Perspectives, Problems and Prospects. (Chinese edition). (2011)

Energy: Perspectives, Problems and Prospects. (2009)

The Atmospheric Environment: Effects of Human Activity. (2002)


Accelerated reduction of SO2 emissions from the US power sector triggered by changing prices of natural gas. (2012)

Implications of the recent reductions in natural gas prices for emissions of CO2 from the US power sector. (2012)

Costs for integrating wind into the future ERCOT system with related costs for savings in CO2 emissions. (2011)

Detection from space of a reduction in anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen oxides during the Chinese economic downturn. (2011)

Constraint of anthropogenic NOx emissions in China from different sectors: A new methodology using separate satellite retrievals. (2010)

Potential for Wind-Generated Electricity in China. (2009)

Global potential for wind-generated electricity. (2009)

Ozone air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: Effectiveness of emission restrictions. (2009)

Environmental Courses





Faculty Department

    Earth & Planetary Sciences


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    Contact Information

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