David S. Covert

Research Professor Emeritus

Dave sledding down a sand dunePhD, Engineering, University of Washington, 1974 (Atmospheric Chemistry)

Email: dcovert@u.washington.edu
Office: Wallace Hall, Rm 154
Phone: 206-685-7461

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric chemistry; physics, chemistry and optics of aerosol particles
  • Aerosol instrumentation
  • Climate effects and global distributions of aerosols

Current Research Projects

  • Aerosol physics, chemistry and optics of cloud-topped marine boundary layer
  • Aerosol measurements in agricultural regions of the Gobi

Selected Publications

Wood, R., C.R. Mechoso, C.S. Bretherton, R.A. Weller, B. Huebert, F. Straneo, B.A.Albrecht, H. Coe, G. Allen, G. Vaughan, P. Daum, C. Fairall, D. Chand, L. Gallaro Klenner, R.Garreaud, C. Grados, D.S. Covert, T.S. Bates, R. Krejci, L.M. Russell, S. de Szoeke, A. Brewer, S.E. Yuter, S.R. Springston, A. Chaigneau, T. Toniazzo, P. Minnis, R. Palikonda, S.J. Abel, W.O.J. Brown, S. Williams, J. Fochesatto, J. Frioude, and K.N. Bower, The VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx): goals, platforms, and field operations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 627-654, 2011.

Yang, M., B.J. Huebert, B.W. Blomquist, S.G. Howell, L.M. Shank, C.S. McNaughton, A.D. Clarke, L. Hawkins, L.M. Russell, D.S. Covert, D.J. Coffman, T.S. Bates, P.K. Quinn, N. Zagorac, A.R. Bandy, S.P. de Szoeke, P.D. Zuidema, S.C. Tucker, W.A. Brewer, K.B. Benedict, and J.L. Collett, Atmospheric sulfur cycling in the southeastern Pacific – longitudinal distribution, vertical profile, and diel variability observed during VOCALS-REx, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 5079-5097, doi:10.5194/acp-11-5079-2011, 2011

Hawkins, L.N., L.M. Russell, D.S. Covert, P.K. Quinn, T.S. Bates, Carboxylic acids, sulfates, and organosulfates in processed continental organic aerosol over the Southeast Pacific Ocean during VOCALS-REx 2008, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 115, No. D13, D132012010, 2010.

Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Shaw, R. A., Covert, D., Mentel, Th. F., Schneider, J., Poulain, L., Reitz, P., Spindler, C., Clauss, T., Kiselev, A., Hallbauer, E., Wex, H., Mildenberger, K., and Stratmann, F.: Heterogeneous freezing of droplets with immersed mineral dust particles – measurements and parameterization, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 15827-15865, 2009. 

Elleman R. A., D. S. Covert (2009), Aerosol size distribution modeling with the Community Multiscale Air Quality modeling system in the Pacific Northwest: 1. Model comparison to observations, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D11206, doi:10.1029/2008JD010791.

Elleman R. A., D. S. Covert (2009), Aerosol size distribution modeling with the Community Multiscale Air Quality modeling system in the Pacific Northwest: 2. Parameterizations for ternary nucleation and nucleation mode processes, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D11207, doi:10.1029/2009JD012187.

Elleman, R. A., and D. S. Covert   Aerosol size distribution modeling with the Community Multiscale Air Quality modeling system (CMAQ) in the Pacific Northwest: 3. Size distribution of particles emitted into a mesoscale model.  J. Geophys. Res., 115, D3, doi:10.1029/2009JD012401, 2010

Lack, D.A., P.K. Quinn, P. Massoli, T.S. Bates, D. Coffman, D.S. Covert, B. Sierau, S. Tucker, T. Baynard, E. Lovejoy, D.M. Murphy, and A.R. Ravishankara, Relative humidity dependence of light absorption by mineral dust after long-range atmospheric transport from the Sahara, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L24805, doi:10.1029/2009GL041002, 2009.

Lack, D.A., C.D. Cappa, D.S. Covert,T. Baynard, P. Massoli, B. Sierau, T.S. Bates, P.K. Quinn, E.R. Lovejoy, and A.R. Ravishankara, Bias in filter based aerosol absorption measurements due to organic aerosol loading: Evidence from ambient measurements, J. Aerosol Sci. Technol., 42(12), 1033-1041, doi:10.1080/02786820802389277, 2008

Quinn, P.K., T.S. Bates, D.J. Coffman, and D.S. Covert, Influence of particle size and chemistry on the cloud nucleating properties of aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 1029-1042, 2008.

Sierau B., D. S. Covert, D. J. Coffman, P. K. Quinn, T. S. Bates (2006), Aerosol optical properties during the 2004 New England Air Quality Study–Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation: Gulf of Maine surface measurements—Regional and case studies, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D23S37, doi:10.1029/2006JD007568. 

UW Responsibilities

  • Supervisor, JISAO NOAA PMEL Atmospheric Chemistry personel
  • Member, PhD committee, Atmospheric Sciences Department
  • Member, PhD committee, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. Illinois
  • Editor, Journal of Atmospheric Physics and Chemsitry