Dennis D. Baldocchi




  • Ph.D. Bio-Environmental Engineering University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1982
  • B.S. Atmospheric Science University of California, Davis, 1977

Research Interests

biometeorology, biosphere-atmosphere trace gas fluxes, ecosystem ecology, climate change

Research Description

Our research approach involves the coordinated use of experimental measurements and theoretical models to understand the physical, biological, and chemical processes that control trace gas fluxes between the biosphere and atmosphere and to quantify their temporal and spatial variations. The spatial scales of this work ranges from the dimension of a leaf through the depth of plant canopies and the planetary boundary layer and the horizontal extent of landscapes. The temporal aspect of this work ranges from seconds through hours, days, seasons and years.

More information can be found in the Biometeorology Lab website.

Selected Publications

Pennypacker, S. and Baldocchi, D., 2015. Seeing the Fields and Forests: Application of Surface-Layer Theory and Flux-Tower Data to Calculating Vegetation Canopy Height. Boundary-Layer Meteorology: 1-18.

Knox, S.H. et al., 2015. Agricultural peatland restoration: effects of land-use change on greenhouse gas (CO2 and CH4) fluxes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Global Change Biology, 21(2): 750-765.

Baldocchi, D., Sturtevant, C. and Fluxnet, C., 2015. Does day and night sampling reduce spurious correlation between canopy photosynthesis and ecosystem respiration? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 207: 117-126.

Baldocchi, D. and Waller, E., 2014. Winter fog is decreasing in the fruit growing region of the Central Valley of California. Geophysical Research Letters: 2014GL060018.

Baldocchi, D., 2014. Measuring fluxes of trace gases and energy between ecosystems and the atmosphere – the state and future of the eddy covariance method. Global Change Biology, 20(12): 3600-3609.

Monson, R. and Baldocchi, D., 2014. Terrestrial Biosphere-Atmosphere Fluxes. Terrestrial Biosphere-Atmosphere Fluxes. Cambridge Univ Press, Cambridge, 1-487 pp.

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology

Thomson-Reuter's Highly Cited Researcher in Agriculture and Environment/Ecology

Recent Teaching

ESPM 2, The Biosphere

ESPM 111, Ecosystem Ecology

ESPM 129, Biometeorology

ESPM 228, Advanced Topics in Biometeorology and Micrometeorology

Contact Information


Office: 345 Hilgard Hall

Office Phone: 510-642-2874


Office Hours

By appointment

Research Group(s)

Mailing Address

Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720