Dr. Jason West


University of North Carolina
Faculty Profile

Jason West is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. West conducts interdisciplinary research addressing air pollution and climate change by using models of atmospheric chemistry and transport and tools for quantitative policy analysis. His work aims to understand the relationships between air pollution and climate change and their relevance for science and policy on local through global scales.

Jason’s core HAQAST project aims to make atmospheric science meaningful for decision-making through two tasks:

  1. First, we will estimate global surface ozone concentrations through a statistical fusion of global surface observations and global multi-model ensembles. The combined global ozone dataset will be provided to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) team for their use in evaluating the global health burden of ambient ozone.
  2. Second, we will model the global air quality and health co-benefits of GHG reductions currently pledged under the 2015 Paris Agreement to address climate change.

In addition, he is contributing to the following Tiger Teams:

And he co-leads the Tiger Team Demonstration of the Efficacy of Environmental Regulations in the Eastern US, along with Bryan Duncan.


HAQAST Presentations

Research connecting air quality, climate change, energy, policy and health

Using atmospheric models to drive health and policy analyses: Research for HAQAST

HAQAST TT: Demonstration of the Efficacy of Environmental Regulations in the Eastern U.S.

HAQAST Research at UNC

Year 2 Progress Update, PI West

HAQAST Research at UNC



Long-Term Trends in the PM2.5– and O3-Related Mortality Burdens in the United States Under Emission Reductions from 1990 to 2010

Yuqiang Zhang, J. Jason West, Rohit Mathur, Jia Xing, Christian Hogrefe,Shawn J. Roselle, Jesse O. Bash, Jonathan E. Pleim, Chuen-Meei Gan, David C. Wong, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics


Multi-Model Estimates of Premature Human Mortality Due to Intercontinental Transport of Air Pollution

Liang, C. K., J. J. West, R. A. Silva, H. Bian, M. Chin, F. J. Dentener, Y. Davila, L. Emmons, G. Folberth, J. Flemming, D. Henze, U. Im, J. E. Jonson, T. Kucsera, T. J. Keating, M. T. Lund, A. Lenzen, M. Lin, X. Pan, R. J. Park, R. B. Pierce, T. Sekiya, K. Sudo, and T. Takemura, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions



Future global mortality from changes in air pollution attributable to climate change

Raquel A. Silva, Jason West, Jean-François Lamarque, Drew T. Shindell, William J. Collins, Greg Faluvegi, Gerd A. Folberth, Larry W. Horowitz, Tatsuya Nagashima, Vaishali Naik, Steven T. Rumbold, Kengo Sudo, Toshihiko Takemura, Daniel Bergmann, Philip Cameron-Smith, Ruth M. Doherty, Beatrice Josse, Ian A. MacKenzie, David S. Stevenson & Guang Zeng, Nature Climate Change


Co-benefits of global, domestic, and sectoral greenhouse gas mitigation for US air quality and human health in 2050

Yuqiang Zhang, Steven J Smith, Jared H Bowden, Zachariah Adelman and Jason West, Environmental Research Letters




What We Breathe Impacts Our Health: Improving Understanding of the Link between Air Pollution and Health

Jason West, Aaron Cohen, Frank Dentener, Bert Brunekreef, Tong Zhu, Ben Armstrong, Michelle L. Bell, Michael Brauer, Gregory Carmichael, Dan L. Costa, Douglas W. Dockery, Michael Kleeman, Michal Krzyzanowski, Nino Künzli, Catherine Liousse, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Randall V. Martin, Ulrich Pöschl, C. Arden Pope III, James M. Roberts, Armistead G. Russell, and Christine WiedinmyerEnvironmental Science & Technology

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