Detlev Helmig

Detlev Helmig

Fellow and Associate Research Professor of INSTAAR


  • PhD: University of Duisburg, Germany, 1989

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-2509


Surface-atmosphere interactions; atmospheric chemistry and transport; atmospheric measurement techniques; polar atmospheric chemistry; oceanic gas fluxes.

Research Interests

Biosphere-atmosphere trace gas fluxes and their environmental controls, in particular emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) from vegetation; atmospheric transport; deposition processes and atmospheric chemistry; polar snow-atmosphere gas exchange processes; development, development and application of analytical tools for field research; urban atmospheres and hazardous pollution; intercontinental atmospheric transport. Current capabilities include atmospheric sampling and monitoring instrumentation, gas chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, field methods for BVOC emission studies, eddy correlation techniques, meteorological and chemical instrumentation for flux measurements and boundary layer profiling from tethered balloon platforms.


  • Young Investigator Award, U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency, 1996




Bien, T.,Detlev Helmig{/exp:playa:children, 2018: Changes in summertime ozone in Colorado during 2000–2015. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 6(1): 55. DOI: 10.1525/elementa.300

Dalsoren, S. B.,Myhre, G.,Hodnebrog, O., Myhre, C. L., Stohl, A., Pisso, I., Schwietzke, S., Hoeglund-Isaksson, L.,{playal4aZKW3n:title},Reimann, S., Sauvage, S., Schmidbauer, N., Read, K. A., Carpenter, L. J., Lewis, A. C., Punjabi, S.,Wallasch, M, 2018: Discrepancy between simulated and observed ethane and propane levels explained by underestimated fossil emissions. Nature Geoscience, 11(3): 178-184. DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0073-0

Feldman, D. R.,Collins, W. D.,Biraud, S. C., Risser, M. D., Turner, D. D., Gero, P. J., Tadic, J.,Detlev Helmig,Xie, S., Mlawer, E. J., Shippert, T. R.,Torn, M. S, 2018: Observationally derived rise in methane surface forcing mediated by water vapour trends. Nature Geoscience, 11(4): 238-243. DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0085-9

Sam Rossabi,Detlev Helmig{/exp:playa:children, 2018: Changes in atmospheric butanes and pentanes and their isomeric ratios in the continental United States. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 123(7): 3772-3790. DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027709

McKenzie, L. M.,Blair, B.,Hughes, J.,Allshouse, W. B.,Blake, N. J.,{playa1MJJGgQI:title},Milmoe, P.,Halliday, H.,Blake, D. R.,Adgate, J. L, 2018: Ambient nonmethane hydrocarbon levels along Colorado's northern Front Range: Acute and chronic health risks. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(8): 4514-4525. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b05983

Jason Evans,Detlev Helmig{/exp:playa:children, 2017: Investigation of the influence of transport from oil and natural gas regions on elevated ozone levels in the northern Colorado Front Range. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 67(2): 196-211. DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2016.1226989

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