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Daniel Cusworth

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems


I am interested in quantifying urban methane fluxes by combining several observation sources into a multi-tiered framework. I also am interested in methane retrieval capabilities for next generation hyperspectral satellite imagers. Previous to JPL, I worked on transport and fate of smoke from agricultural fires in northwest India.


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Chemistry, Harvard University
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University
  • B.S. Mathematics & Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Experience

  • JPL Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2018 - Present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (2018)
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University (2013-2018)
  • Environmental Consultant, The Cadmus Group (2012-2013)
  • Research Assistant, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE), (2011-2012)

Research Interests

Greenhouse gas emissions, fires, atmospheric chemistry modeling, radiative transfer

Selected Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Honorable Mention, 2015
  • Alan Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2013-2014

Selected Publications

  1. Cusworth, D. H., Duren, R., Thorpe, A. K., Tseng, E., Thompson, D., Guha, A., Newman, S., Foster, K., and Miller, C. E. (2020). Using remote sensing to detect, validate, and quantify methane emissions from California solid waste operations, Environmental Research Letters,
  2. Cusworth, D. H., Duren, R. M., Yadav, V., Thorpe, A. K., Verhulst, K., Sander, S., et al. ( 2020). Synthesis of methane observations across scales: Strategies for deploying a multiā€tiered observing network. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL087869.
  3. Cusworth, D. H., Jacob, D. J., Varon, D. J., Chan Miller, C., Liu, X., Chance, K., Thorpe, A. K., Duren, R. M., Miller, C. E., Thompson, D. R., Frankenberg, C., Guanter, L., and Randles, C. A.: Potential of next-generation imaging spectrometers to detect and quantify methane point sources from space, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5655-5668,, 2019.
  4. Cusworth, D. H., Jacob, D. J., Sheng, J.-X., Benmergui, J., Turner, A. J., Brandman, J., White, L., and C.A. Randles (2018), Detecting high-emitting methane sources in oil/gas fields using satellite observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys.
  5. Cusworth, D.H., Mickley, L.J., Sulprizio, M.P., Lui, T., Marlier, M.E., and R.S. DeFries (2018), Quantifying the influence of agricultural fires in northwest India on urban air pollution in Delhi, India, Environ. Res. Lett.
  6. Liu, T., Marlier, M.E., DeFries, R.S.,Westervelt, D.M., Xia, K.R., Fiore, A.M., Mickley, L.J., Cusworth, D.H., and G. Milley (2018), Contributions of agricultural burning to air pollution in three Indian cities: Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune, Atmos. Environ.
  7. Cusworth, D.H., L.J. Mickley, E.M. Leibensperger, and M.J. Iacono (2017), Aerosol trends as a potential driver of regional climate in the central United States: Evidence from observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys.