Eric S. Saltzman

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Distinguished Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences
Distinguished Professor (WOS), Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, 1985, Oceanography
Phone: (949) 824-3936
Fax: (949) 824-3874
University of California, Irvine
3325 Croul Hall
Mail Code: 3100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Atmospheric Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, Air/Sea Exchange
Academic Distinctions
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Research Abstract
Biologically produced gases in the surface ocean are present in the atmosphere at very low levels, but they have a major impact on global atmospheric cycling of elements such as sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon. Some trace gases can also influence the climate system by influencing greenhouse gas lifetimes, stratospheric ozone, and cloud properties. My research group develops analytical instruments to detect trace gases, measures the abundance of trace gases on ships and islands, and uses computer simulations to understand rates and pathways by which gases cycle through the atmosphere. We also study long term changes in atmospheric composition due to changes in climate and man's activities. We reconstruct the changes in atmospheric composition over many thousands of years by analyzing the trace gases in ancient air trapped in polar ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica.
Grieman, M. M., Aydin, M., Isaksson, E., Schwikowski, M., and Saltzman, E. S., 2018. Aromatic acids in an Arctic ice core from Svalbard: a proxy record of biomass burning, Clim. Past, 14, 637–651, 2018,
Sanchez, K., C.-L. Chen, L. Russell, R. Betha, J. Liu, D. Price, P. Massoli, L. Ziemba, E. Crosbie, R. Moore, M. Mueller, S. Schiller, A. Wisthaler, A. Lee, P. Quinn, T. Bates, J. Porter, T. Bell, E. Saltzman, R. Vaillancourt, and M. Behrenfeld, 2018. Substantial seasonal contribution of observed biogenic sulfate particles to cloud condensation nuclei, Sci. Repts., (2018) 8:3235, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21590-9.
Landwehr, S., S. D. Miller, M. J. Smith, T. G. Bell, E. S. Saltzman, and B. Ward, 2018. Using eddy covariance to measure the dependence of air-sea CO2 exchange rate on friction velocity, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 4297–4315,
Santibáñez, P., O. Maselli, M. Greenwood, M. Grieman, E. S. Saltzman, J. McConnell, J. C. Priscu, 2018. Prokaryotes in the WAIS Divide ice core reflect source and transport changes between Last Glacial Maximum and the early Holocene, Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.14042.
McConnell, J. R., A. Burke, N. W. Dunbar, P. Köhler, J. L. Thomas, M. M. Arienzo, N. J. Chellman, O. J. Maselli, M. Sigl, J. F. Adkins, D. Baggenstos, J. F. Burkhart, E. J. Brook, C. Buizert, J. Cole-Dai, T. J. Fudge, G. Knorr, H.-F. Graf, M. M. Grieman, N. Iverson, K. C. McGwire, R. Mulvaney, G. Paris, R. H. Rhodes, E. S. Saltzman, J. P. Severinghaus, J. P. Steffensen, K. C. Taylor, G. Winckler, 2017, Volcanism and abrupt climate change ~18 ka, 2017. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 201705595; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705595114.
Esters, L., S. Landwehr, G. Sutherland, T. G. Bell, K. H. Christensen, E. S. Saltzman, S. D. Miller, and B. Ward, 2017. Parameterizing air-sea gas transfer velocity with dissipation, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 3041–3056, doi:10.1002/2016JC012088.
Bell, T. G., S. Landwehr, S. D Miller, W. J. de Bruyn, A. Callaghan, B. Scanlon, B. Ward, M. Yang and E. S. Saltzman, 2017. Estimation of bubble-mediated air/sea gas exchange from concurrent DMS and CO2 transfer velocities at intermediate-high wind speeds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9019–9033,, 2017.
Grieman, M. M., Aydin, M., Fritzsche, D., McConnell, J. R., Opel, T., Sigl, M., and Saltzman, E. S., 2017. Aromatic acids in a Eurasian Arctic ice core: a 3000-year proxy record of biomass burning, Clim. Past, 13, 395–410, 2017 doi:10.5194/cp-13-395-2017.
Liang, Y., J. Yu, E. Saltzman, and F. Wang, 2017: Linking the tropical northern hemisphere pattern to the Pacific warm blob and Atlantic cold blob. J. Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0149.1.
Maselli, O. J., N. J. Chellman, M. Grieman, L. Layman, J.R. McConnell, D. Pasteris, R. Rhodes, Saltzman, E.S., and M. Sigl, 2017. Sea ice and pollution-modulated changes in Greenland ice core methanesulfonate and bromine, Clim. Past, 13, 39-59, doi:10.5194/cp-13-39-2017, 2017.
Nicewonger, M.R., K.R. Verhulst, M. Aydin, and E.S. Saltzman, 2015. Preindustrial atmospheric ethane levels inferred from polar ice cores: A constraint on the geologic sources of atmospheric ethane and methane, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 214–221, doi:10.1002/2015GL066854.
Whalley, L. K., et al. (2010), The chemistry of OH and HO2 radicals in the boundary layer over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, Atmos Chem Phys, 10(4), 1555-1576.
Montzka, S. A., L. Kuijpers, M. O. Battle, M. Aydin, K. R. Verhulst, E. S. Saltzman, and D. W. Fahey (2010), Recent increases in global HFC-23 emissions, Geophys Res Lett, 37. DOI 10.1029/2009gl041195
Miller, S. D., C. Marandino, and E. S. Saltzman (2010), Ship-based measurement of air-sea CO2 exchange by eddy covariance, J Geophys Res-Atmos, 115. DOI 10.1029/2009jd012193
Lee, J. D., et al. (2010), Reactive Halogens in the Marine Boundary Layer (RHaMBLe): the tropical North Atlantic experiments, Atmos Chem Phys, 10(3), 1031-1055.
Aydin, M., S.A. Montzka, M.O. Battle, M.B. Williams, W.J. De Bruyn, J.H. Butler, K.R. Verhulst, C. Tatum, B.K. Gun, D.A. Plotkin, B.D. Hall, E.S. Saltzman. (2010), Post-coring entrapment of modern air in some shallow ice cores collected near the firn-ice transition: evidence from CFC-12 measurements in Antarctic firn air and ice cores, Atmos Chem Phys, 10(11), 5135-5144. DOI 10.5194/acp-10-5135-2010
Yvon-Lewis, S. A., E. S. Saltzman, and S. A. Montzka (2009), Recent trends in atmospheric methyl bromide: analysis of post-Montreal Protocol variability, Atmos Chem Phys, 9(16), 5963-5974.
Saltzman, E. S., W. J. De Bruyn, M. J. Lawler, C. A. Marandino, and C. A. McCormick (2009), A chemical ionization mass spectrometer for continuous underway shipboard analysis of dimethylsulfide in near-surface seawater, Ocean Sci, 5(4), 537-546.
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