Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making Seminars


Associate Professor, Earth System Science, University of California Irvine

Four energy systems analyses: cement, trade in air pollution deaths, super-polluting units, and the geophysical reliability of renewables

Prof. Davis will present recent findings from four different projects related by their goal to quantify and reduce the environmental insults of the global energy system.  These include carbon uptake by cement materials, transboundary mortality due to PM2.5 emissions, “super-polluting” generating units in the power sector, and the geophysical reliability of solar and wind power.


Steve Davis is an Associate Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he researches global energy infrastructure, agricultural production, GHG emissions, and international trade.  He has a diverse past in which he studied political philosophy at the University of Florida, earned a law degree at the University of Virginia, practiced corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley, and returned to graduate school at Stanford University, where he used techniques of isotope geochemistry to study the rise of the Rocky Mountains 60 million years ago.  Since 2009, his research has focused on the human dimensions of global environmental change, and in particular the distributional effects of international trade and the phenomenon of carbon lock-in.


30 Jan 2017

Baker 129
Carnegie Mellon University

Lunch will be served at 11:45am. Seminar is presented under the auspices of CEDM and the department of Engineering and Public Policy.
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If you would like to meet individually with Steve Davis during his visit on January 30, please email Elisabeth Bass Udyawar with your availability for that day by Wednesday, January 25. She can be reached at
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