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Kevin Gurney

Kevin Gurney

Professor, School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University

School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems
Northern Arizona University
1295 S Knoles, Bldg 90, room 320
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University


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. He has worked in NGOs, think tanks, consulting, and academia and has focused on topics within global change and climate change. His recent work involves simulation of the global carbon cycle using the inverse approach, characterizing fossil fuel CO2 in North America (the "Vulcan" and "Hestia" projects), the linkages between terrestrial carbon exchange and climate variability, and deforestation and carbon/climate feedbacks. He also has worked extensively on climate policy and has been involved, for over 15 years, with the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. In addition to carbon cycle science and policy, Gurney has worked on stratospheric ozone depletion, radionuclide dose assessment, energy systems modeling, and climate-economic modeling.

Gurney is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Sigma Xi honor society, the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America. Gurney is the recipient of the 2010 Sigma Xi "Young Investigator" Award and was one of the IPCC membership that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. Gurney was named "Air Conservationist of the Year," by the Indiana Wildlife Federation in 2008 and is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award (2009).


  • PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University, 2004
  • MPP, Public Policy, University of California-Berkeley, 1996
  • MS, Atmospheric Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
  • BA, Physics, University of California-Berkeley, 1986


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Journal Articles


Liu, J., K. Bowman, N. C. Parazoo, A. A. Bloom, D. Wunch, Z. Jiang, K. R. Gurney and D. Schimel. 2018. Detecting drought impact on terrestrial biosphere carbon fluxes over contiguous US with satellite observations. Environmental Research Letters 13(9):095003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aad5ef. (link )

Mitchell, L. E., J. C. Lin, D. R. Bowling, D. E. Pataki, C. Strong, A. J. Schauer, R. Bares, S. E. Bush, B. B. Stephens, D. Mendoza, D. Mallia, L. Holland, K. R. Gurney and J. R. Ehleringer. 2018. Long-term urban carbon dioxide observations reveal spatial and temporal dynamics related to urban characteristics and growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(12):2912-2917. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1702393115. (link )


Liu, J., K. W. Bowman, D. S. Schimel, N. C. Parazoo, Z. Jiang, M. Lee, A. A. Bloom, D. Wunch, C. Frankenberg, Y. Sun, C. W. O'Dell, K. R. Gurney, D. Menemenlis, M. Giersch, D. Crisp and A. Eldering. 2017. Contrasting carbon cycle responses of the tropical continents to the 2015–2016 El Niño. Science 358(6360):eaam5960. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5690. (link )


Gurney, K. R., R. Patarasuk, I. Razlivanov, Y. Song, D. O'Keeffe, J. Huang, Y. Zhou and P. Rao. 2016. Comment on "Analysis of High-Resolution Utility Data for Understanding Energy Use in Urban Systems". Journal of Industrial Ecology 20(1):192-193. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12358. (link )

Lauvaux, T., N. L. Miles, A. Deng, S. J. Richardson, M. O. Cambaliza, K. J. Davis, B. Gaudet, K. R. Gurney, J. Huang, D. O'Keeffe, Y. Song, A. Karion, T. Oda, R. Patarasuk, I. Razlivanov, D. Sarmiento, P. Shepson, C. Sweeney, J. Turnbull and K. Wu. 2016. High-resolution atmospheric inversion of urban CO2 emissions during the dormant season of the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX). Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 121(10):5213-5236. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD024473. (link )

Newman, S., X. Xu, K. R. Gurney, Y. Hsu, K. Li, X. Jiang, R. Keeling, S. Feng, D. O'Keeffe, R. Patarasuk, K. Wong, P. Rao, M. L. Fischer and Y. L. Yung. 2016. Toward consistency between trends in bottom-up CO2 emissions and top-down atmospheric measurements in the Los Angeles megacity. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16:3843-3863. DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-3843-2016. (link )

Patarasuk, R., K. R. Gurney, D. O'Keeffe, Y. Song, J. Huang, P. Rao, M. Buchert, J. C. Lin, D. Mendoza and J. R. Ehleringer. 2016. Urban high-resolution fossil fuel CO2 emissions quantification and exploration of emission drivers for potential policy applications. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0553-1. (link )

Tian, H., C. Lu, P. Ciais, A. M. Michalak, J. G. Canadell, E. Saikawa, D. N. Huntzinger, K. R. Gurney, S. Sitch, B. Zhang, J. Yang, P. Bousquet, L. Bruhwiler, G. Chen, E. Dlugokencky, P. Friedlingstein, J. Melillo, S. Pan, B. Poulter, R. Prinn, M. Saunois, C. R. Schwalm and S. C. Wofsy. 2016. The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Nature 531. DOI: 10.1038/nature16946. (link )


Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, K. C. Seto, L. R. Hutyra, R. Duren, C. Kennedy, N. B. Grimm, J. R. Ehleringer, P. J. Marcotullio, S. Hughes, S. Pincetl, M. V. Chester, D. M. Runfola, J. Feddema and J. Sperling. 2015. Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale. Nature 525(10 September 2015):179-181. DOI: 10.1038/525179a. (link )


Hutyra, L. R., R. Duren, K. R. Gurney, N. B. Grimm, E. A. Kort, E. K. Larson and G. Shrestha. 2014. Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Current capabilities and research outlook from the natural sciences perspective. Earth's Future 2(10):473-495. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000255. (link )

Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, M. V. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling and E. Stokes. 2014. A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon. Earth's Future 2(10):515-532. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000258. (link )


Gurney, K. R. and D. O'Keeffe. 2013. Crowdsourcing power plant carbon dioxide emissions data. EOS Transactions 94(43):385-386. DOI: 10.1002/2013EO430001. (link )



O'Keeffe, D., K. R. Gurney, J. LIang, R. Patarasuk, J. Huang and M. Hutchins. 2016. Socioeconomic drivers of FFCO2 emissions in the LA Basin: Analysis of the Hestia version 2.0 results. Poster presented at the 2016 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, 12-16 December 2016, San Francisco, California.


Song, Y. and K. R. Gurney. 2015. Spatiotemporal variations of on-road CO2 emissions for Maricopa County, Arizona. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Patarasuk, R., D. O'Keeffe, Y. Song, I. Razlivano, K. R. Gurney and P. Rao. 2014. Assessing carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. large cities. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Gurney, K. R. and F. O'Keeffe. 2013. Source quantification and geolocation of global power plant emissions using a novel crowd-sourcing system: Transfer of knowledge from one decisionmaker group to another. Poster presented at the 4th NACP All-Investigators Meeting, 4-7 February 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (link )