Dr. John Burkhart


University of California, Merced
School of Engineering
P.O. Box 2039
Merced, CA 95344


Norwegian Institute for Air Research
18 Instituttveien
P.O. Box 100
Kjeller, Norway NO-2027



PhD, 2005 – University of Arizona

M.S., 2001 – University of Arizona

B.S., 1997 – Iowa State University

Current Position: 
Research Professional
Research Interests: 
  • Hydrology
  • Arctic climate variability & change
  • Global biogeochemical cycling
  • Climate science & energy policy


Dr. Burkhart's research is principally focused on understanding the dynamics driving climate variability in the Arctic and the response of climate to atmospheric forcing. Using a combination of shallow ice cores, atmospheric measurements from key locations, and transport modeling this research attempts to unravel the linkages between changes in the chemical environment in the Arctic and changes in the climate system.

Currently, Dr. Burkhart is the lead contact for the Greenland Environmental Observatory (GEOSummit), and is a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) where he is developing a collaborative program to build on the existing Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) to create a global contaminants observatory network (ATMOPOL).



Burkhart, J. F., M. Hutterli, R. C. Bales, and J. R. McConnell (2004), Seasonal accumulation timing and preservation of nitrate in firn at Summit, Greenland, J. Geophys. Res., 109, D19302, doi:10.1029/2004JD004658. 

Burkhart, JF; Hutterli, M; Bales, RC. (2002) Partitioning of formaldehyde between air and snow at –35o to –5o C. Atmospheric Environment 36 (21) p.2157-2163.

Thomas, R. H., and PARCA Investigators (2001), Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA): Goals, key findings, and future directions, J. Geophys. Res., 106(D24), 33,691–33,706.

McConnell, JR; Arthern, R; Moseley-Thompson, E; Davis, CH; Bales, RC; Thomas, R; Burkhart, JF; Kyne, J. (2000) Greenland Ice Sheet Elevation Changes Derived from Measured Snow Accumulation. Nature v.406 p.877-879