Dr. Philip J. Wolfe


  • B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, 2008
  • M.S., Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
  • Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015

Fields: Airline Industry; Climate Change Policy; Environmental Impacts of Aviation; Noise Pollution

Lab Role: Research Affiliate

Email: pwolfe@mit.edu

I come from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and I recently started my Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. My research focuses on modeling the impacts of aviation policy on the environment. I use and help develop a model called ‘The Aviation environmental Portfolio Management Tool – Impacts’ which models how aircraft noise and emissions cause environmental and societal damages. I look at how US policies and international regulations affect expected damages from air quality degradation, noise pollution, and climate change on different temporal and geographic scales. Analyses I have been involved in include assessing the impact of an increase in the stringency of global aviation NOx emissions regulations and the impact of changes in aircraft noise regulations.


Publications and Presentations

“Costs and benefits of US aviation noise land-use policies”, Wolfe, P.J., Malina, R., Barrett, S.R., Waitz, I.A., Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment44, 147-156, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2016.02.010

“Impact of aviation on climate: FAA’s Aviation Climate Change Research Initiative (ACCRI) Phase II.” Brasseur, G.P., Gupta, M., Anderson, B.E., Balasubramanian, S., Barrett, S.R.H., Duda, D., Fleming, G., Forster, P.M., Fuglestvedt, J., Gettelman, A., Halthore, R.N., Jacob, S.D., Jacobson, M.Z., Khodayari, A., Liou, K.N., Lund, M.T., Miake-Lye, R.C., Minnis, P., Olsen, S., Penner, J.E., Prinn, R., Schumann, U., Selkirk, H.B., Sokolov, A., Unger, N., Wolfe, P., Wong, H.W., Wuebbles, D.Q., Yi, B., Yang, P., Zhou, C.,  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00089.1

“Near airport distribution of the environmental costs of aviation,” Wolfe, P.J., Yim, S.H.L., Lee, G., Ashok, A., Barrett, S.R.H., Waitz, I.A., Transport Policy 34, 102-108, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.02.023

“Economic and environmental assessment of liquefied natural gas as a supplemental aircraft fuel,” Withers, M., Malina, R., Gilmore, C., Gibbs, J., Trigg, C., Wolfe, P., Trivedi, P., Barrett, S., Progress in Aerospace Sciences 66, pp.17-36, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.paerosci.2013.12.002

“Quantifying the climate impacts of albedo changes due to biofuel production: a comparison with biogeochemical effects,’’ Caiazzo, F., Malina, R., Staples, M., Wolfe, P., Yim, S., Barrett, S., Environmental Research Letters 9 (2), 2014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/2/024015

“Intercomparison of the capabilities of simplified climate models to project the effects of aviation COon climate,” Khodayari, A., Wuebbles, D.J., Olsen, S.C., Fuglestvedt, J.S., Berntsen, T., Lund, M.T., Waitz, I.A., Wolfe, P.J., Forster, P.M., Meinshausen, M., Lee, D.S., Lim, L.L., Atmospheric Environment 75, pp. 321-328, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.03.055

“Aviation environmental policy effects on national- and regional-scale air quality, noise, and climate impacts.” Wolfe, P., S.M. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012.

“Impact of aviation non-COcombustion effects on the environmental feasibility of alternative jet fuels,” Stratton, R., Wolfe, P., Hileman, J., Environmental Science and Technology 45 (24), pp. 10736-10743, 2011. DOI: 10.1021/es2017522

“Estimating the climate and air quality benefits of aviation fuel and emissions reductions,” Dorbian, C.S., Wolfe, P.J., Waitz, I.A., Atmospheric Environment 45 (16), pp. 2750-2759, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.02.025

“Assessing the environmental impacts of aircraft noise and emissions,” Mahashabde, A., Wolfe, P., Ashok, A., Dorbian, C., He, Q., Fan, A., Lukachko, S., Mozdzanowska, A., Wollersheim, C., Barrett, S.R.H., Locke, M., Waitz, I.A., Progress in Aerospace Sciences 47 (1), pp. 15-52, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.paerosci.2010.04.003

“Aviation environmental analysis: Integrated cost-benefit and distributional analysis,” Wolfe, P., Paper presented at the 3AF/AIAA Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium (ANDERS), October 2011, Marseilles, France.