EAS faculty members Taka Ito and Thanos Nenes in Nature Geoscience


Associate professor Taka Ito and professor Thanos Nenes were published in Nature Geoscience.  The article "Acceleration of oxygen decline in the tropical Pacific over the past decades by aerosol pollutants" can be viewed here.

“There’s a growing awareness that oxygen levels in the ocean may be changing over time,” said Taka Ito, an associate professor at Georgia Tech. “One reason for that is the warming environment – warm water holds less gas. But in the tropical Pacific, the oxygen level has been falling at a much faster rate than the temperature change can explain.”

Athanasios Nenes, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech who worked with Ito on the study, said the research is the first to describe just how far reaching the impact of human industrial activity can be.

The study, which was published May 16 in Nature Geoscience, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, a Georgia Power Faculty Scholar Chair and a Cullen-Peck Faculty Fellowship.

Exerpt from the Georgia Tech new story by Josh Brown, which can be found here.


Taka Ito

Dr. Takamitsu Ito, Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, received his Ph.D. degree in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington from 2004-2006.   Before joining Georgia Tech in 2011, he was previously with Colorado State University. Dr. Ito is an ocean, climate and biogeochemical scientist who specializes in modeling and diagnosing the role of the ocean in global biogeochemical cycles, with specific interest in the carbon cycle and climate change.

Thanos Nenes

Dr. Athanasios Nenes, Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2002. He arrived at Georgia Tech in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and promoted to Professor in 2011. His research focuses on advancing the description of aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions in atmospheric models through the combination of observations, theory and modeling. He is also heavily involved in field measurement programs (both ground-based as well as airborne) focusing on understanding the climate and health impacts of ambient aerosol from a wide variety of sources.  Dr. Nenes has recently been awarded the American Geophysical Union Ascent Award and the Georgia Institute of Technology Faces of Inclusive Excellence.