Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Xin Lan

Research Scientist

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Affiliated Department
NOAA Gobal Monitoring Laboratory
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Research Interests

Dr. Xin (Lindsay) Lan is a carbon cycle scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences of University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory. Her research focus on the carbon cycle and greenhouse gases, with a particular focus on understanding the sources and sinks of CH4 and other long-lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs).

Xin is the scientific PI of discrete atmospheric CO2, CH4, N2O and SF6 measurements at over 50 sites in NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network (GGGRN):

She leads the reporting of NOAA’s global CO2, CH4, N2O and SF6 trends:

She also serves as a Subject-Matter Expert for communicating greenhouse gas measurements and research findings with a wide range of audience including students, journalists, and the public. Dr. Lan is a member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Science Advisory Group for Greenhouse Gases.

Current Research

Dr. Lan regularly performs quality assurance/quality control of CO2, CH4, N2O and SF6 measurement datasets and produce data releases. She help data users to interprete these GHG  measurement data. She also help international collaborators to build their own GHG measurement capacity.

She currently leads a project to investigate the recent increases in global methane and their sectoral attribution using isotopic and remotely sensed measurements of atmospheric methane.

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About CECA

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