I am a Research Scientist in the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. You can read more about me, view my C.V. and publication list, or see some highlights of my research efforts below.

Introducing InMAP

A tool to understand the health impacts of air pollution emissions

An article describing InMAP (the Intervention Model for Air Pollution) was published today: Tessum CW, Hill JD, Marshall JD (2017) InMAP: A model for air pollution interventions. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0176131. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176131 InMAP estimates the changes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations caused by changes in PM2.5 and its precursors, and the public health impacts of those changes. Although InMAP is not the first or only model to do this, it is unique in its combination of spatial extent, spatial resolution, and ease-of-use. [Read More]

The social costs of nitrogen

I am a coauthor of a study released today in the journal Science Advances. The study looks at the monetary damages of releases of nitrogen on air and water quality. The findings could inform efforts to more strategically manage nitrogen in a backdrop in which increasing demands for food and energy, both of which utilize nitrogen, will likely continue to result in its long-term accumulation. Read the full press release here! [Read More]

$10M EPA grant for air pollution research

A group of researchers, including me, have recently been awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study air pollution over the next five years. You can learn more in this press release (and this one, and this one, and this web page) as well as in the following video: [Read More]

In the news

I recently appeared on “The Willis Report” on the Fox Business Channel to discuss our research on the air pollution impacts of using conventional and alternative vehicle fuels. Check it out! [Read More]

Switching to vehicles powered by electricity from renewables could save lives

Use of corn ethanol or electricity from coal worse than gasoline for public health

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/15/2014) Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study also shows that switching to vehicles powered by electricity made using natural gas yields large health benefits. [Read More]