David Archer (scientist)

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David Edward Archer (born September 15, 1960) is a computational ocean chemist,[1] and has been a professor at the Geophysical Sciences department at the University of Chicago since 1993.[2] He has published research on the carbon cycle of the ocean and the sea floor. He has worked on the history of atmospheric CO
concentration, the expectation of fossil fuel CO
over geologic time scales in the future, and the impact of CO
on future ice age cycles, ocean methane hydrate decomposition, and coral reefs.[1] Archer is a contributor to the RealClimate blog.[1]

Teaching responsibilities[edit]

He teaches classes on global warming, environmental chemistry, and global geochemical cycles.[2]


He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1990.[2]

Selected papers[edit]

  • Archer, D.; Eby, M.; Brovkin, V.; Ridgwell, A.; Cao, L.; Mikolajewicz, U.; Caldeira, K.; Matsumoto, K.; Munhoven, G.; Montenegro, A.; Tokos, K. (2009). "Atmospheric Lifetime of Fossil Fuel Carbon Dioxide". Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. 37 (1): 117–134. Bibcode:2009AREPS..37..117A. doi:10.1146/annurev.earth.031208.100206.
  • Brovkin, V.; Ganopolski, A.; Archer, D.; Rahmstorf, S. (2007). "Lowering of glacial atmospheric CO2 in response to changes in oceanic circulation and marine biogeochemistry". Paleoceanography. 22 (4): PA4202. Bibcode:2007PalOc..22.4202B. CiteSeerX doi:10.1029/2006PA001380.
  • Montenegro, A.; Brovkin, V.; Eby, M.; Archer, D.; Weaver, A. J. (2007). "Long term fate of anthropogenic carbon". Geophysical Research Letters. 34 (19): L19707. Bibcode:2007GeoRL..3419707M. doi:10.1029/2007GL030905.
  • Gehrie, E.; Archer, D.; Emerson, S.; Stump, C.; Henning, C. (2006). "Subsurface ocean argon disequilibrium reveals the equatorial Pacific shadow zone". Geophysical Research Letters. 33 (18): L18608. Bibcode:2006GeoRL..3318608G. doi:10.1029/2006GL026935. S2CID 53319006.
  • Zeebe, R. E.; Archer, D. (2005). "Feasibility of ocean fertilization and its impact on future atmospheric CO2 levels". Geophysical Research Letters. 32 (9): L09703. Bibcode:2005GeoRL..32.9703Z. doi:10.1029/2005GL022449. S2CID 14617145.
  • Archer, D.; Buffett, B. (2005). "Time-dependent response of the global ocean clathrate reservoir to climatic and anthropogenic forcing" (PDF). Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. 6 (3): Q03002. Bibcode:2005GGG.....603002A. doi:10.1029/2004GC000854.
  • Archer, D. (2005). "Fate of fossil fuel CO2 in geologic time" (Full free text). Journal of Geophysical Research. 110 (C9): C09S05. Bibcode:2005JGRC..110.9S05A. doi:10.1029/2004JC002625.
  • Archer, D. E.; Martin, P. A.; Milovich, J.; Brovkin, V.; Plattner, G. -K.; Ashendel, C. (2003). "Model sensitivity in the effect of Antarctic sea ice and stratification on atmospheric pCO2". Paleoceanography. 18 (1): 1012. Bibcode:2003PalOc..18.1012A. doi:10.1029/2002PA000760.


  • The Global Carbon Cycle (Princeton Primers in Climate), The Global Carbon Cycle (Princeton Primers in Climate)
  • The Warming Papers: The Scientific Foundation for the Climate Change Forecast, 2010, edited with Raymond Pierrehumbert, ISBN 978-1-4051-9616-1, 432 pages
  • The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate, 2008, ISBN 978-0-691-13654-7, 192 pages
  • The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change, 2010, ISBN 978-0-521-73255-0, 260 pages
  • Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, 2006, ISBN 978-1-4051-4039-3, 208 pages


  1. ^ a b c "David Archer". RealClimate. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "David Archer". University of Chicago Website. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2009.