Mark Gordon

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Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science

Petrie 431

(416) 736-2100 ext 22764


Mark Gordon studies the emission, deposition, and transport of chemicals, pollutants, aerosols, and particles to and from various sources, including petroleum production facilities, road traffic, forests, and arctic environments. Current studies include emissions and mixing of pollutants from highway traffic; emissions from oil sands production facilities; and the interaction of pollutants with forest environments and mixing within the forest canopy.   See  The Air Pollution Lab for more details on current research.  Prior to York, Mark worked for 5 years as a physical scientist and post-doctorate researcher in the Air Quality department of Environment Canada.  Mark has also worked as a researcher at Trent University, studying wind-induced transport of sand particles, and at York University, studying blowing snow in the Arctic.

Research Interests

  • Pollutant and Greenhouse Gas Emissions to the Atmosphere
  • Air Pollution Lab
  • Turbulent Processes

Selected Publications

S.J. Miller, M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, P.A. Taylor (2019) A study of the spatial variation of vehicle induced turbulence on highways using measurements from a mobile platform.  Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 171(1), 1-29.

M. Gordon, P.A. Makar, R.M. Staebler, J. Zhang, A. Akingunola, W. Gong, S.-M. Li (2018) A Comparison of Plume Rise Algorithms to Stack Plume Measurements in the Athabasca Oil Sands. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 14695-14714.

S. Baray, A. Darlington, M. Gordon, K.L. Hayden, A. Leithead, S.-M. Li, P.S.K. Liu, R.L. Mittermeier, S.G. Moussa, J. O’Brien, R. Staebler, M. Wolde, D. Worthy, R. McLaren (2018) Quantification of Methane Sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta by Aircraft Mass-Balance.  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 18, 7361-7378. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-7361-2018

Y. Cheng, S.-M. Li, M. Gordon, P. Liu (2018) Size Distribution and Coating Thickness of Black Carbon from the Canadian Oil Sands Operations.  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 2653-2667. doi:10.5194/acp-18-2653-2018.

S.-M. Li, A. Leithead, S.G. Moussa, J. Liggio, M.D. Moran, D. Wang, K. Hayden, A. Darlington, M. Gordon, R. Staebler, P.A. Makar, C. Stroud, R. McLaren, P.S.K. Liu, J. O’Brien, R. Mittermeier, J. Zhang, G. Marson, S. Cober, M. Wolde, J. Wentzell  (2017) Differences between Measured and Reported Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Oil Sands Facilities in Alberta, Canada. Publications of the National Academy of Science. 114 (19), E3756-E3765, doi: 10.1073/pnas/1617862114

J. Liggio, S.-M. Li, K. Hayden, Y.M. Taha, C. Stroud, A. Darlington, B.D. Drollette, M. Gordon, P. Lee, P. Liu, A. Leithead, S.G. Moussa, D. Wang, J. O’Brien, R.L. Mittermeier, J. Brook, G. Lu, R. Staebler, Y. Han, T.T. Tokarek, H.D. Osthoff, P.A. Makar, J. Zhang, D. Plata, D.R. Gentner (2016) Oil sands operations are a major source of secondary organic aerosols. Nature. 534, 91-94. doi:10.1038/nature17646

M. Gordon, S.-M. Li, R.M. Staebler, A. Darlington, K. Hayden, J. O’Brien, M. Wolde (2015) Determining air pollutant emission rates based on mass balance using airborne measurement data over the Alberta oil sands operations. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 8: 3745-3765.  doi:10.5194/amt-8-3745-2015

M. Gordon, A. Vlasenko, R.M. Staebler, C. Stroud,, P.A. Makar, J. Liggio, S.-M. Li, and S. Brown (2014) Uptake and emission of VOCs near ground level below a mixed forest at Borden, Ontario, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 9087-9097, doi:10.5194/acp-14-9087-2014

M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, J. Liggio, P. Makar, S.-M. Li, J. Wentzell, G. Lu, P. Lee, and J.R. Brook (2012) Measurements of enhanced turbulent mixing near highways, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51(9), 1618-1632, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0

M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, J. Liggio, A. Vlasenko, S.-M. Li, and K. Hayden (2011) Aerosol flux measurements above a mixed forest at Borden, Ontario. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 6773-6786, doi:10.5194/acp-11-6773-2011

M. Gordon and C. McKenna-Neuman (2011) A study of particle splash on developing ripple forms for two bed materials. Geomorphology, 129, 70-91, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.01.015

M. Gordon, S. Biswas, P.A. Taylor, J. Hanesiak, M. Melzer, and S. Fargey (2010) Measurements of drifting and blowing snow at Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada during the STAR project. Atmosphere-Ocean, 48(2): 81-100, doi:10.3137/AO1105. 2010