John Chun-Han Lin portrait
  • Professor, Atmospheric Sciences


  • B.A., Biology, Harvard College
  • M.A., Biology, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. Project: Constraining sources and sinks of carbon at the regional scale with aircraft observations

Research Summary

John Lin's research seeks to understand the exchange of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and water between the land and the atmosphere by combining atmospheric modeling with in-situ and satellite data.


John Lin is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Associate Director of the Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy.  He has over 20 years of experience researching the emissions and transport of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants, publishing over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers to date.  He was selected as a Earth Leadership Fellow in 2022 and participates regularly in national and international research efforts such as with the World Meteorological Organization and the European Union.  John's research group ( is carrying out greenhouse gas and air quality observations in the Salt Lake area, as well as in the Uinta Basin.  John also works regularly with satellite observations from NASA to determine carbon emissions from cities around the world.  He has recently served on the Great Salt Lake Strike Team to synthesize scientific knowledge and inform policy decisions surrounding the Great Salt Lake.  John received his AB, AM, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.