Dr. Jason West

Email: jjwest@email.unc.edu

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.

Tiger Teams

Jason contributes to or leads the following Tiger Teams:

HAQAST Presentations



Satellite Monitoring for Air Quality and Health

Tracey Holloway, Daegan Miller, Susan Anenberg, Minghui Diao, Bryan Duncan, Arlene M. Fiore, Daven K. Henze, Jeremy Hess, Patrick L. Kinney, Yang Liu, Jessica L. Neu, Susan M. O’Neill, M. Talat Odman, R. Bradley Pierce, Armistead G. Russell, Daniel Tong, J. Jason West, Mark A. Zondlo, Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science

Environmental Science and Technology Issue CoverMapping Yearly Fine Resolution Global Surface Ozone through the Bayesian Maximum Entropy Data Fusion of Observations and Model Output for 1990–2017

Marissa N. DeLang, Jacob S. Becker, Kai-Lan Chang, Marc L. Serre, Owen R. Cooper, Martin G. Schultz, Sabine Schröder, Xiao Lu, Lin Zhang, Makoto Deushi, Beatrice Josse, Christoph A. Keller, Jean-François Lamarque, Meiyun Lin, Junhua Liu, Virginie Marécal, Sarah A. Strode, Kengo Sudo, Simone Tilmes, Li Zhang, Stephanie E. Cleland, Elyssa L. Collins, Michael Brauer, and J. Jason West, Environmental Science and Technology

Contributions of World Regions to the Global Tropospheric Ozone Burden Change From 1980 to 2010

Yuqiang Zhang, J. Jason West, Louisa K. Emmons, Johannes Flemming, Jan Eiof Jonson, Marianne T. Lund, Takashi Sekiya, Kengo Sudo, Audrey Gaudel, Kai-Lan Chang, Philippe Nédélec, Valérie Thouret, Geophysical Research Letters



Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990-2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

Over 100 authors including J. J. West, M. N. DeLang, J. S. Becker, K.-L Chang, The Lancet

Estimating Wildfire Smoke Concentrations during the October 2017 California Fires through BME Space/Time Data Fusion of Observed, Modeled, and Satellite-Derived PM2.5

Stephanie E. Cleland, J. Jason West, Yiqin Jia, Stephen Reid, Sean Raffuse, Susan O’Neill, Marc L. Serre, Environmental Science & Technology

Using satellites to track indicators of global air pollution and climate change impacts: Lessons learned from a NASA-supported science-stakeholder collaborative

Susan C. Anenberg, Matilyn Bindl, Michael Brauer, Juan J. Castillo, Sandra Cavalieri, Bryan N. DuncanArlene M. Fiore, Richard Fuller, Daniel L. Goldberg, Daven K. Henze, Jeremy Hess, Tracey Holloway, Peter James, Xiaomeng Jin, Iyad Kheirbek, Patrick L. Kinney, Yang Liu, Arash Mohegh, Jonathan Patz, Marcia P. Jimenez, Ananya Roy, Daniel Tong, Katy Walker, Nick Watts, J. Jason WestAdvancing Earth and Space

Air pollution control strategies that directly limit future national health damages in the US, Nature Communications

Yang Ou, J. Jason West, Steven J. Smith, Christopher G. Nolte, Daniel Loughlin, Nature Communications


A new method (M3Fusion v1) for combining observations and multiple model output for an improved estimate of the global surface ozone distribution

Kai-Lan Chang, Owen R. Cooper, J. Jason West, Marc L. Serre, Martin G. Schultz, Meiyun Lin, Virginie Marécal, Béatrice Josse, Makoto Deushi, Kengo Sudo, Junhua Liu, and Christoph A. Keller, Geoscientific Model Development


Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

Jeffrey D Stanaway, Ashkan Afshin, Emmanuela Gakidou, Stephen S Lim, Degu Abate, Kalkidan Hassen Abate, Cristiana Abbafati, Nooshin Abbasi, Hedayat Abbastabar, Foad Abd-Allah, Jemal Abdela, Ahmed Abdelalim, Ibrahim Abdollahpour, Rizwan Suliankatchi Abdulkader, Molla Abebe, Zegeye Abebe, Semaw F Abera, Olifan Zewdie Abil, Haftom Niguse Abraha, J. Jason West, et al., The Lancet

HTAP2 multi-model estimates of premature human mortality due to intercontinental transport of air pollution and emission sectors

Ciao-Kai Liang, J. Jason West, Raquel A. Silva, Huisheng Bian, Mian Chin, Yanko Davila,Frank J. Dentener, Louisa Emmons, Johannes Flemming, Gerd Folberth, Daven Henze, Ulas Im, Jan Eiof Jonson, Terry J. Keating, Tom Kucsera, Allen Lenzen, Meiyun Lin,Marianne Tronstad Lund, Xiaohua Pan, Rokjin J. Park, R. Bradley Pierce,Takashi Sekiya, Kengo Sudo, and Toshihiko Takemura, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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

Estimating environmental co-benefits of U.S. low-carbon pathways using an integrated assessment model with state-level resolution

Yang Ou, Wenjing Shi, Steven J. Smith, Catherine M. Ledna, J. JasonWest, Christopher G. Nolte, Daniel H. Loughlin


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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