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Feb 26, 2020

U of T Physics Professor Debra Wunch Elected as the Next Chair of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON)

TCCON is a network of ground-based Fourier Transform Spectrometers that record the spectra of the sun in the near-infrared. Data from the spectra measure the abundance of gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O, HF, CO, H2O, and HDO in the atmosphere.

U of T Physics Professor Debra Wunch Elected as the Next Chair of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON)

TCCON Station at East Trout Lake

According to Physics Chair Kimberly Strong “This is a major leadership role in a very important international observing network that is the gold standard for global measurements of total column abundances of greenhouse gases”.

Professor Wunch is taking over from Paul Wennberg at Caltech, who was the founding Chair back in the early 2000s.

More information on TCCON can be found here: https://tccon-wiki.caltech.edu/

A recent report from the European Commission highlights  the importance of TCCON: https://www.copernicus.eu/sites/default/files/2019-09/CO2_Green_Report_2019.pdf

Congratulations Professor Wunch!