David Streets

Energy and Environmental Policy Scientist
- Decision and Information Sciences

David Streets specializes in the impact of human activities on the atmospheric environment, particularly the generation and use of energy. He has been active in the preparation of integrated assessments and policy evaluations of acid deposition, energy policy, urban air quality and global climate change. He was a leading participant in the U.S. National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program in the 1980s and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the 1990s. In recent years, he has participated in United Nations Environment Programme studies of black carbon, ozone and mercury. His research has focused on energy and environmental problems in China and the rest of Asia. He has participated in five NASA Asian air quality missions since 2000; this work has aided in the understanding of Asian air pollution and pollution transport to North America.


Streets is currently leading a major research project for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the representation of dynamic technology changes in emissions forecasting out to 2050. During the past three years, his research has included the development of mercury emission inventories, their use in atmospheric models, and the interpretation of source strengths and fluxes in various parts of the world, particularly developing countries. Streets developed the first assessment of all-time mercury releases into the Earth’s environment.

Streets has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and many other research organizations.  He has authored or co-authored 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Publications and Patents

  • Soerensen, A.L., D.J. Jacob, D.G. Streets, M.L.I. Witt, R. Ebinghaus, R.P. Mason, M. Andersson, and E.M. Sunderland, Multi-Decadal Decline of Mercury in the North Atlantic Atmosphere Explained by Changing Subsurface Seawater Concentrations, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L21810, doi:10.1029/2012GL053736 (2012).
  • Lu, Z., and D.G. Streets, Increase in NOx Emissions from Indian Thermal Power Plants during 1996-2010: Unit-Based Inventories and Multi-Satellite Observations, Environmental Science & Technology, 46:7463-7470 (2012).
  • Lu, Z., D.G. Streets, Q. Zhang, and S. Wang, A Novel Back-Trajectory Analysis of the Origin of Black Carbon Transported to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau during 1996-2010, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L01809, doi:10.1029/2011GL049903 (2012).
  • Streets, D.., H. Akimoto, P. Artaxo, Z. Klimont, K. Kupiainen, G. Janssens-Maenhout, H. Vallack, and E. Vignati, Black carbon and tropospheric ozone precursors: Drivers, emissions and trends, in Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, Report No. DEW/1351/NA, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya, and World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 12-56 (2011).
  • Streets, D.G., M.K. Devane, Z. Lu, T.C. Bond, E.M. Sunderland, and D.J. Jacob, All-Time Releases of Mercury to the Atmosphere from Human Activities, Environmental Science & Technology, 45:10,485-10,491 (2011).
  • Lu, Z., Q. Zhang, and D.G. Streets, Sulfur Dioxide and Primary Carbonaceous Aerosol Emissions in China and India, 1996-2010, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11:9839-9864 (2011).
  • Streets, D.G., J. van Aardenne, B. Battye, S. Garivait, D. Grano, A. Guenther, Z. Klimont, J.-F. Lamarque, Z. Lu, G. Maenhout, T. Ohara, D. Parrish, S. Smith, and H. Vallack, Emission Inventories and Projections, in Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution 2010, Part A: Ozone and Particulate Matter, F. Dentener, T. Keating, and H. Akimoto, eds., Air Pollution Studies No. 17, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, pp. 77-133 (2010).
  • Streets, D.G., F. Yan, M. Chin, T. Diehl, N. Mahowald, M. Schultz, M. Wild, Y. Wu, and C. Yu, Anthropogenic and Natural Contributions to Regional Trends in Aerosol Optical Depth, 1980-2006, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D00D18, doi:10.1029/2008JD011624 (2009).
  • Jacobson, M.Z., and D.G. Streets, Influence of Future Anthropogenic Emissions on Climate, Natural Emissions, and Air Quality, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D08118, doi:10.1029/2008JD011476 (2009).
  • Streets, D.G., Q. Zhang, and Y. Wu, Projections of Global Mercury Emissions in 2050, Environmental Science & Technology, 43:2983-2988 (2009).
  • Rind, D., M. Chin, G. Feingold, D. Streets, R.A. Kahn, S.E. Schwartz, and H. Yu, Modeling the Effects of Aerosols on Climate, in Atmospheric Aerosol Properties and Climate Impacts, U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, M. Chin, R.A. Kahn, and S.E. Schwartz, eds., National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC, pp. 55-84 (2009).
  • Streets, D.G., J. Hao, S. Wang, and Y. Wu, Mercury Emissions from Coal Combustion in China, in Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere, N. Pirrone and R. Mason, eds., Springer, New York, pp. 51-65 (2008).
  • Fernandes, S.D., N.M. Trautmann, D.G. Streets, C.A. Roden, and T.C. Bond, Global Biofuel Use, 1850-2000, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21, GB2019, doi:10.1029/2006GB002836 (2007).
  • Streets, D.G., Dissecting Future Aerosol Emissions: Warming Tendencies and Mitigation Opportunities, Climatic Change, 81:313-330 (2007).
  • Streets, D.G., J.S. Fu, C.J. Jang, J. Hao, K. He, X. Tang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wang, Z. Li, Q. Zhang, L. Wang, B. Wang, and C. Yu, Air Quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Atmospheric Environment, 41:480-492 (2007).
  • Streets, D.G., Y. Wu, and M. Chin, Two-Decadal Aerosol Trends as a Likely Explanation of the Global Dimming/Brightening Transition, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L15806, doi:10.1029/2006GL026471 (2006).
  • Streets, D.G., Q. Zhang, L. Wang, K. He, J. Hao, Y. Wu, Y. Tang, and G.R. Carmichael, Revisiting China’s CO Emissions after the Transport and Chemical Evolution over the Pacific (TRACE-P) Mission: Synthesis of Inventories, Atmospheric Modeling, and Observations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D14306, doi:10.1029/2006JD007118 (2006).
  • Streets, D.G., C. Yu, M.H. Bergin, X. Wang, and G.R. Carmichael, A Modeling Study of Air Pollution due to the Manufacture of Export Goods in China’s Pearl River Delta, Environmental Science & Technology, 40:2099-2107 (2006).
  • Streets, D.G., J. Hao, Y. Wu, J. Jiang, M. Chan, H. Tian, and X. Feng, Anthropogenic Mercury Emissions in China, Atmospheric Environment, 39:7789-7806 (2005).
  • Streets, D.G., T.C. Bond, T. Lee, and C. Jang, On the Future of Carbonaceous Aerosol Emissions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, D24212, doi:10.1029/2004JD004902 (2004).