Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Dr. George Mount

Dr. George Mount

Professor Emeritus

Phone: (509) 335-3790
FAX: (509) 335-7632



  • Ph.D., Astrogeophysics, 1975 - University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.S., Astrophysics, 1969 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Mathematics, 1966 - University of California, Los Angeles


  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 1997-present
  • Executive Committee Member, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO), 2007 - Present
  • Director, WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach, 2007 - 2009
  • Supervisory Physicist, Group Chief, and Director, Fritz Peak Observatory, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, Boulder, CO, 1985-97
  • Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory, Ultraviolet Measurements Branch, Washington, D.C., 1983-85
  • Research Scientist, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1978-83
  • Lecturer, Department of Astrogeophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1979-83
  • Post doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer, Department of Physics, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1975-78
  • Research Assistant, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1969-75
  • Research student, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AR, summer 1969


  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2010
  • WSU Outstanding Mentor of the Year award from the Women and Leadership Alliance, 2007.
  • WSU research mentor of the year award, 2006
  • Dept of CEE Leon Luck Award for Most Effective Faculty Member, 2006
  • NASA achievement award for work on the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment satellite, 2004
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 1998, 2003
  • Department of Commerce Outstanding Performance Award: 1986, 1987, 1989
  • NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories Outstanding Publication Award: 1987, 1989, 1995
  • NASA Achievement Award for optics work on the International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite program, 1978
  • NASA Achievement Award for design and implementation of instruments on the NASA Solar Mesosphere Explorer Satellite, 1982


  • Atmospheric spectroscopy for measurement of trace gases
  • Spectroscopic instrumentation
  • Tropospheric trace gas chemistry
  • Atmospheric radiation and radiative transfer
  • Stratospheric ozone depletion
  • Tropospheric/stratospheric hydroxyl
  • Measurement of tropospheric trace gases from space


  • Environmental Measurements
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering 
  • Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Engineering

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Dr. Mount has published more than 85 referred papers:

  • Cambaliza, M., G. Mount, J. Marshall, B. Lamb, and H. Westberg, 2010, J. of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, in prep., A new Fourier-transform infrared instrument for measurement of temporal and vertical distribution of 13C CO2 2. Measurement of ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of isotopic carbon dioxide using disjunct eddy covariance
  • Cambaliza, M., G. Mount, J. Marshall, B. Lamb, and H. Westberg, 2010, J. of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, in prep., A new Fourier-transform infrared instrument for measurement of temporal and vertical distribution of 13C CO2 1. An overview of results from measurements in a managed poplar forest in northern Oregon.
  • Herron-Thorpe, F.L., J.K. Vaughan, B.K. Lamb, and G.H. Mount, 2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys., submitted, Evaluation of a regional air quality forecast model for tropospheric NO2 columns using the OMI/AURA satellite tropospheric NO2 product.
  • Wang, S., Pongetti, T., Sander, S., E. Spinei, G. H. Mount, A. Cede, and J. Herman, 2009, J. Geophys. Res., in press, Direct sun measurements of NO2 column abundances from Table Mountain, California: Intercomparison of low and high resolution spectrometers
  • Spinei, E., S. Carn, N. Krotkov, G. H. Mount, K. Yang, and A. Krueger, 2009, J. Geophys. Res., in press, Validation of OMI SO2 measurements in the Okmok volcanic plume over Pullman, WA, July 2008
  • Cambaliza, O. L. M., B. Harlow, N. Ubierna, G. H. Mount, J. D. Marshall, and R. D. Evans, 2009, Rapid Comm. In Mass Spectrometry, 23,3868, Analysis of low-concentration gas samples with continuous-flow IRMS: eliminating sources of contamination to achieve high precision
  • Herman, J., A. Cede, E. Spinei, G. Mount, N. Abushassan, 2009, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D13307. NO2 Column Amounts from Ground-based Pandora and MFDOAS Spectrometers using the Direct-Sun DOAS Technique: Intercomparisons and Application to OMI Validation

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