Jonathan Kahl




onathan Kahl is a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
USA and a recipient of the university’s Teaching Excellence Award. He teaches graduate courses in
air pollution meteorology, air pollution modeling, and micrometeorology, and undergraduate
courses in general meteorology. He also developed and leads the world’s first faculty-led study
abroad course in the atmospheric sciences, Mexico: Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures. Jon is a
profesor afiliado at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. In addition, he regularly teaches the
summer course “Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution” at the Universidad Autonoma del
Carmen in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche.
Dr. Kahl has published 80 articles in peer-reviewed technical journals, as well as several childrens’
books including The National Audubon Society First Field Guide to Weather.
Jon’s research has focused on the long-range movement of airborne contaminants. He has received
research funding from many agencies including NOAA, NSF, EPA and NASA. His recent research
involves examining meteorological factors relating to acid deposition in Mexico, predicting rooftop
wind gusts during Milwaukee Brewers baseball games, and performance evaluations of atmospheric
stability classification schemes. His past research topics include estimating ground-level PM2.5
pollution concentrations from satellite instruments, the development, assessment, and application of
atmospheric trajectory models, meteorological influences on the boundary-layer ozone destruction
phenomenon that occurs at high northern latitudes; assessing pollution sources contributing to
‘Arctic Haze’; using trajectory models to map elemental carbon (soot) emissions in Siberia;
predicting atmospheric dispersion associated with simulated nuclear explosions; diagnosing
pollution sources contributing to visibility reduction in Grand Canyon National Park; and
investigating meteorological issues related to the interpretation of ancient chemical signatures
preserved in deep Greenland ice cores.


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