Kyaw Tha Paw U

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Professor of Atmospheric Science and Biometeorologist in the AES


Land Air & Water Resources

Offices and Labs

139Hoagland Hall


1980 PhD Yale University
1975 BS Earth and Planetary Science (Course 12: Geophysics option) MIT

Research Interests

Carbon and Water Fluxes from Plant Ecosystems

Turbulent transfer of trace gases from plant ecosystems, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor. Modeling plant canopy-atmosphere interactions


Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award. 2004 (as co-author in a collaborative team).
World Meteorological Society: Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award. 2012 (as co-author in a collaborative team).
American Meteorological Society: The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology (2011)

Department and Center Affiliations

John Muir Institute Environment
University of Sassari, Italy
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change


American Meteorological Society
American Geophysical Union

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Systematics and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Hydrology, Soil Science
Ecology Graduate Group
Atmospheric Science


  • Nicolas Bambach (PhD student) Craig Chang (PhD Student, joint with Prof. Shu-Hua Chen) Laura McGowan (PhD Student, joint with Prof. Shu-Hua Chen) Eugenia Gonzalez Castillo (PhD student) Eric Kent (PhD student) James Farlin (PhD Student) Dr. R. David Pyles (Research Scientist) Jilmarie Stephens(MS student-recently graduated) Liyi Xu (PhD student--recently graduated) Visiting: Neda Yaghoobian (visiting PhD student from UCSD/Kleissl group) Marcelo Casula (visiting PhD student from University of Sassari,Italy/Spano group)

Field Sites

Campbell Field Facility website
Wind River Old Growth Forest website
Northern California Commercial Compost Site website

Teaching Interests

Turbulence, biomicrometerology, biometeorology, instrumentation, severe weather


ATM 124 Meteorological Instruments and Observations (Fall)
ATM 133 Biometeorology (Winter)
ATM 230 Atmospheric Turbulence (Fall/Winter alternate years)
ATM 010 Severe and Unusual Weather (Winter)
ATM 233 Advanced Biometeorology (Fall/Winter alternate years)
PBI 200C PBGG Core Course Series: section of Plant Canopy Processes (Spring)

Personal Interests

see lab website website


7/30/2012 3:03:58 PM
  • Chen J, Falk M, Euskirchen E, Paw U KT, Suchanek TH, Ustin SL, Bond BJ, Brosofske KD, Phillips N, and R Bi. . Biophysical Controls of Carbon Flows in Three Successional Douglas-fir Stands Based upon Eddy-Covariance Measurements. Tree Physiology. In Press:
  • Paw U KT, Baldocchi DD, Meyers TP, and K Wilson. 2000. Correction of eddy-covariance measurements incorporating both advective effects and density fluxes. Boundary Layer Meterology. 97:487-511
  • Pyles RD, Weare BC, and KT Paw U. 2000. The UC Davis advanced-canopy-atmosphere-soil algorithm (ACASA): Comparisons with observations from different climate and vegetation regimes. Quart. J. Roy. Meteorol. Soc.. 126:2951-2980
  • Lee X, Goulden ML, Hollinger DY, Barr A, Black TA, Bohrer G, Bracho R, Drake B, Goldstein A, Gu L, Katul G, Kolb T, Law BE, Margolis H, Meyers T, Monson R, Munger W, Oren R, PAW U, KT, Richardson AD, Schmid HP, Staebler R, Wofsy S, Zhao L., 2011. Observed increase in local cooling effect of deforestation at higher latitudes. Nature 2011 Nov 16;479(7373):384-7. doi: 10.1038/nature10588.
  • Kochendorfer, J., Castillo, E.G., Haas, E., Oechel, W., and Paw U, K.T. 2011. Net ecosystem exchange, evapotranspiration and canopy conductance in a riparian forest. Agric. For. Meteorol. 151:585-594 doi:10.1015/j.agrformet.2011.01.003
  • Schwalm, C.R., C.A.Williams, K. Schaefer, D. Baldocchi, T.A. Black, A.H. Goldstein, B.E. Law,W.C. Oechel, K.T. Paw U, R.L. Scott, Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America, Nature Geoscience, In Press, 10.1038/NGEO1529, Available online 29 July 2012.
  • Zona, D., Lipson, D.A., Paw U, K.T., Oberbauer, S.F., Olivas, P., Gioli, B., Oechel, W.C., ncreased CO2 loss from vegetated drained lake tundra ecosystems due to flooding. 2012. GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES, VOL. 26, GB2004, 16 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011GB004037