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Charles Miller
Deputy Science Lead, Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Principal Investigator

  • B.S., Chemistry and History, Duke University, cum laude and departmental prize in Chemistry (1986)
  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (1991)

Research Interests
  • Carbon Cycle Science
  • Arctic-Boreal Systems
  • Megacity Emissions and Remote Sensing
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Photochemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy


ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment ) Icon ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment )
The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is a proposed NASA field campaign focusing on understanding the Arctic-Boreal environment.

CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment) Icon CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment)
CARVE is an airborne mission to measure CO2 and CH4 fluxes from Alaska.

OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory Icon OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is a mission designed to make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Earth orbiting satellite.

OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 Icon OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3, is a future space instrument designed to investigate important questions about the distribution of carbon dioxide on Earth as it relates to growing urban populations...

Megacities Carbon Project Icon Megacities Carbon Project
The Megacities Carbon Project is being established for the megacities of Los Angeles and Paris.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2003 - present)
    • Principal Scientist (2010 - present)
    • Project Scientist (2005 - present)
    • Research Scientist (2003-2005)
    • Principal Investigator, Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE), (2010-2016)
  • Deputy Principal Investigator, Orbiting Carbon Observatory (2001 - 2009)
  • Visiting Associate in Environmental Science & Engineering, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Haverford College (1997 - 2003)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1994 - 1997)
  • Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University (1991-1994)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal: Advancing NASA's Carbon Cycle Science Program, 2016
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: CARVE Implementation Team, 2016
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: CARVE Team, 2014
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: SMD American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Team, 2011
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: Molecular Spectroscopy Team, 2006
  • Remote Sensing: Best Paper Award, 2015

Selected Publications
  1. Resolving the US fugitive methane emissions challenge, R Duren and C. E. Miller, in preparation for Nature Climate Change.
  2. Global, geospatially resolved CO2 flux constraints for reported anthropogenic emissions, R. Duren and C.E. Miller, to be submitted to Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  3. Satellite Constellation Observing Strategies for Improved Geospatially Resolved CO2 Flux Estimates, C.E. Miller and D.F. Baker, in preparation for J. Geophys. Res.
  4. Satellite Detection of Enhanced Pre-Eruptive CO2 Emissions, FM Schwandner, HM. Nguyen, C Frankenberg, F Kataoka, A Kuze, K Shiomi, CR. Sealing, SA. Carn, N Goto, H Suto, T Takeda, S Kanekon, Y Yoshida, M Ajiro, C. E. Miller, in preparation for Science.
  5. Terahertz spectroscopy of HD18O, S. Yu, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, C. E. Miller, submitted to J. Chem. Phys.
  6. Statistical bias and variance for the regularized inverse problem: Aplication to space-based atmospheric CO2 retrievals, N, Cressie, R. Wang, M Smyth, CE Miller, accepted J. Geophys. Res.
  7. FT-IR spectra of 13C- and 18O-enriched CO2 in the n3 region: Highly accuracy frequency calibration and spectroscopic constants for 16O12C18O, 18O12C18O and 16O13C16O. Ben M. Elliott, Keeyoon Sung, and Charles E. Miller. In press J. Mol. Spectrosc.
  8. Observing terrestrial ecosystems and the carbon cycle from space, David Schimel, Ryan Pavlick, Joshua B. Fisher, Greg Asner, Sassan Saatchi, Charles Miller, Christian Frankenberg, Kathy Hibbard, Peter Cox. Accepted for Global Change Biology.
  9. High Resolution Spectral Analysis of Oxygen IV. Dunham potentials for the X3Sg-, a1Dg, and b1Sg+ states, S. Yu, C. E. Miller, B.J. Drouin, H.S.P. Müller, accepted for J. Chem. Phys.
  10. Atmospheric transport simulations in support of the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE), Henderson, J. M., Eluszkiewicz, J., Mountain, M. E., Nehrkorn, T., Chang, R. Y.-W., Karion, A., Miller, J. B., Sweeney, C., Steiner, N., Wofsy, S. C., and Miller, C. E.: Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 27263-27334, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-27263-2014, 2014.
  11. Estimated methane emissions from Alaska in 2012 from CARVE airborne observations. Rachel Chang, Charles E. Miller, Steven J. Dinardo, Anna Karion, Colm Sweeney, Lori M. Bruhwiler, John M. Henderson, Marikate E. Mountain, Bruce C. Daube, John B. Miller, Steven C. Wofsy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Adv. Online doi/10.1073/pnas.1412953111
  12. Mapping CH4:CO2 ratio in Los Angeles with Simulated Satellite Remote Sensing from Mount Wilson. Kam Weng Wong, Dejian Fu, Thomas Pongetti, Sally Newman, Eric Kort,Riley Duren, Ying Hsu, Charles Miller, Yuk L. Yung, Stanley P. Sander. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 17037-17066, 2014. doi:10.5194/acpd-14-17037-2014
  13. FT-IR spectra of 17O-enriched CO2 in the n3 region: Highly accuracy frequency calibration and spectroscopic constants for 16O12C17O, 17O12C17O and 17O12C18O. Ben M. Elliott, Keeyoon Sung, and Charles E. Miller. J. Mol. Spectrosc. 304, 1 (2014).  DOI: 10.1016/j.jms.2014.08.001
  14. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic, J.B. Fisher, M. Sikka, W.C. Oechel, C.D. Koven, D.N. Huntzinger, A. Ahlström, A.M. Arain, I. Baker, J.M. Chen, P. Ciais, C. Davidson, M. Dietze, B. El-Masri, D. Hayes, C. Huntingford, A. Jain, M.R. Lomas, B. Poulter, D. Price, A.K. Sahoo, K. Schaefer, H. Tian, E. Tomelleri, H. Verbeeck, N. Viovy, N. Zeng, C.E. Miller, Biogeosciences 11, 4271-4288, 2014. doi:10.5194/bg-11-4271-2014
  15. High Resolution Spectral Analysis of Oxygen III. Laboratory measurements of the b1Sg+ - X3Sg- airglow bands, B.J. Drouin, S. Yu, B. Elliott, T.J. Crawford, C.E. Miller, J. Chem. Phys. 139, 144301 (2013). doi: 10.1063/1.4821759
  16. Current systematic carbon cycle observations and needs for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system, Ciais, P., Dolman, A. J., Bombelli, A., Duren, R., Peregon, A., Rayner, P. J., Miller, C., Gobron, N., Kinderman, G., Marland, G., Gruber, N., Chevallier, F., Andres, R. J., Balsamo, G., Bopp, L., Bréon, F.-M., Broquet, G., Dargaville, R., Battin, T. J., Borges, A., Bovensmann, H., Buchwitz, M., Butler, J., Canadell, J. G., Cook, R. B., DeFries, R., Engelen, R., Gurney, K. R., Heinze, C., Heimann, M., Held, A., Henry, M., Law, B., Luyssaert, S., Miller, J., Moriyama, T., Moulin, C., Myneni, R. B., Nussli, C., Obersteiner, M., Ojima, D., Pan, Y., Paris, J.-D., Piao, S. L., Poulter, B., Plummer, S., Quegan, S., Raymond, P., Reichstein, M., Rivier, L., Sabine, C., Schimel, D., Tarasova, O., Valentini, R., van der Werf, G., Wickland, D., Williams, M., and Zehner, C. Biogeosciences Discuss., 10, 11447-11581, doi:10.5194/bgd-10-11447-2013, 2013.
  17. Absolute 12C16O2 transition frequencies at the kHz-level from 1.6 to 7.8 µm, DA Long, GW Truong, JT Hodges, CE Miller, JQSRT, Online 10 July 2013.
  18. Diurnal tracking of anthropogenic CO2 emissions in the Los Angeles Megacity during spring 2010, S Newman, S. Jeong, M.L. Fischer, X. Xu, C.L. Haman, B. Lefer, S. Alvarez, B. Rappengleuck, E.A. Kort, A.E. Andrews, J. Peischi, K.R. Gurney, C.E. Miller, Y.L. Yung, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 4359-4372, 2013. doi:10.5194/acp-13-4359-2013
  19. Effects of atmospheric light scattering on spectroscopic observations of greenhouse gases from space. Part 2: Algorithm intercomparison in the GOSAT data processing for CO2 retrievals over TCCON sites, Oshchepkov, S., et al., J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, (2013)  doi:10.1002/jgrd.50146.
  20. Surface observations for monitoring urban fossil fuel CO2 emissions: minimum site location requirements for the Los Angeles megacity, E.A. Kort, W. Angevine, R. Duren and C. E. Miller,J. Geophys. Res. 118, 1577-1584 (2013). DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50135
  21. Atmospheric validation of high accuracy CO2 absorption coefficients for the OCO-2 mission, D.R. Thompson, DC Benner, LR Brown, D Crisp, V Malathy Devi, Y Jiang, V Natraj, F Oyafuso, K Sung, D Wunch, R Castano, CE Miller, JQSRT 113, 2265-2276 (2012).
  22. CARVE-FTS observations of Arctic CO2, CH4 and CO. Overview of the instrument, F. Dupont, F. Tanguay, M. Li, G. Perron, C.E. Miller, S.J. Dinardo, T.P. Kurosu, SPIE Remote Sensing 8532, 853204 (2012).  doi:10.1117/12.979826
  23. Space-based Observations of Megacity Carbon Dioxide, E.A. Kort, C. Frankenberg, C.E. Miller, T. Oda, Geophys Res Lett 39, L17806 (2012).  doi:10.1029/2012GL052738
  24. Vertically Constrained CO2 Retrievals from TCCON Measurements, L. Kuai, B.J. Connor, D. Wunch, R.-L. Shia, C.E. Miller, Y.L. Yung, JQSRT 113, 1753-1761 (2012).
  25. Measuring the Carbon Emissions of Megacities, R. Duren and C. E. Miller, Nature Climate Change 2, 560-562 (2012). doi:10.1038/nclimate1629.

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