Kevin Gurney is an Atmospheric Scientist, Ecologist and Policy expert currently working in the areas of carbon cycle science, climate science, and climate science policy at Arizona State University where he is Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He has degrees from UC Berkeley, MIT, and Colorado State University.
Gurney’s current research focuses on understanding how carbon (primarily as carbon dioxide) moves through the Earth System using a variety of modeling and measurement approaches. In the last ten years Gurney has pioneered research quantifying highly granular (space and time) fossil fuel CO2 emissions at the global (“FFDAS”), national (“Vulcan”) and urban (“Hestia”) domains. Using data mining and innovative data merging algorithms, these greenhouse gas quantification efforts are being used by analysts, scientists, and governments and are a core component of the NASA-led Carbon Monitoring System. Gurney’s work in the urban domain (the Hestia Project) is expanding to support greenhouse gas mitigation policy, outreach, education and verification by cities in the US and globally.
Gurney is an author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, the 2010 Sigma Xi Young Scientist recipient, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles with multiple papers in Nature and Science and a book from MIT Press, Mending the Ozone Hole. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and Telluride, Colorado.