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




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

Schnell, R. C.,Johnson, B. J.,Oltmans, S. J.,Cullis, P.,Sterling, C., Hall, E., Jordan, A.,Detlev Helmig,Petrón, G.,Ahmadov, R., Wendell, J., Albee, R.,Boylan, P.,Chelsea Thompson,Jason Evans,Jacques Hueber,Curtis, A. J.,Jeong-Hoo Park{/exp:playa:children, 2016: Quantifying wintertime boundary layer ozone production from frequent profile measurements in the Uinta Basin, UT, oil and gas region. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 121(18): 11038-11054. DOI: 10.1002/2016JD025130

Detlev Helmig,Sam Rossabi,Jacques Hueber,Tans, P.,Montzka, S. A.,Masarie, K., Thoning, K., Plass-Duelmer, C., Claude, A., Carpenter, L. J., Lewis, A. C.,Punjabi, S., Reimann, S., Vollmer, M. K., Steinbrecher, R., Hannigan, J. W., Emmons, L. K., Mahieu, E., Franco, B., Smale, D.,Pozzer, A, 2016: Reversal of global atmospheric ethane and propane trends largely due to US oil and natural gas production. Nature Geoscience, 9(7): 490-495. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2721

Van Dam, B.,Detlev Helmig,Doskey, P. V.,Oltmans, S. J, 2016: Summertime surface O3 behavior and deposition to tundra in the Alaskan Arctic. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 121(13): 8055-8066. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023914

Legrand, M.,Preunkert, S.,Savarino, J., Frey, M. M., Kukui, A.,Detlev Helmig,Jourdain, B., Jones, A. E., Weller, R., Brough, N.,Gallee, H, 2016: Inter-annual variability of surface ozone at coastal (Dumont d'Urville, 2004-2014) and inland (Concordia, 2007-2014) sites in East Antarctica. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(12): 8053-8069. DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-8053-2016

Angot, H.,Magand, O.,Detlev Helmig,Ricaud, P.,Quennehen, B., Gallee, H., Del Guasta, M., Sprovieri, F., Pirrone, N., Savarino, J.,Dommergue, A, 2016: New insights into the atmospheric mercury cycling in central Antarctica and implications on a continental scale. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(13): 8249-8264. DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-8249-2016

Hu, L.,Millet, D. B.,Baasandorj, M.,Griffis, T. J.,Turner, P.,Detlev Helmig,Curtis, A.,{playaO9Pwo191:title}{/exp:playa:children, 2015: Isoprene emissions and impacts over an ecological transition region in the US Upper Midwest inferred from tall tower measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 120(8): 3553-3571. DOI: 10.1002/2014JD022732

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