Visiting staff
Michael A. Box

BSc Monash, PhD Syd., MAIP

Associate Professor

Department and Research Groups

Michael A. Box

Research Interests

My work covers all aspects of atmospheric aerosols (suspended particles) and their environmental impacts. At a local level, aerosol levels are strongly correlated with adverse health effects, although no one knows exactly why. My group is currently investigating the distribution of aerosols in Sydney, and especially any chemical or physical variations.

At the regional and global level, aerosols are currently regarded as one of the key players in global climate change. Aerosols may scatter sunlight back to space, cooling the Earth, or modify cloud properties, also cooling our planet. The work of my group is directed at studying aerosol amounts and type from space, and also at computing the climatic impact of these aerosols.

We have developed a number of sophisticated techniques to obtain aerosol properties from various types of remote sensing measurements. As a result of this expertise, we are currently involved in an international field campaign known as ACE-Asia, to perform comprehensive studies of the aerosols coming off the Asian continent.

We also have considerable expertise in radiative transfer calculations. In particular, we have pioneered radiative perturbation theory, which is capable of speeding up some calculations by a factor of 100. This method has been applied to a number of tasks, including the calculation of UV indices.

Selected Publications

  • Retrieval of the albedo and phase function from exiting radiances with radiative perturbation theory, M. A. Box, and C. Sendra. Applied Optics 38, 1636-1643, 1999.
  • Perturbation technique to retrieve scattering media stratification, I. N. Polonsky, and M. A. Box.  J. Atmos. Sci. 59, 758-768, 2002.
  • Radiative perturbation theory: a review, M. A. Box Environmental Modelling and Software 17, 95-106, 2002.
  • Extension of the discrete-ordinate algorithm and efficient radiative transfer calculation, Y. Qin, D. L. B. Jupp and M. A. Box.  J. Quant. Spect. Rad. Trans. 74, 767-781 2002.
  • An efficient method to increase vertical resolution of actinic flux calculations in clouds. M. J. Kay, M. A. Box and T. Trautmann. J. Geophys. Res. 107, no. D19, 4405, doi:10.1029/2001JD1581, 2002
  • Physical, chemical and radiative properties of aerosols in Sydney, Australia. M. A. Box, G. P. Box, M. J. Kay, M. Kuzmanoski, G. Taha and D. Cohen.  Aust. Met. Mag. 51, 223-228, 2002.
  • Computational techniques to incorporate aerosol variability in climate models. M.A. Box, S. Beck and T. Trautmann. J. Geophys. Res., 101, 19293-19297 1996.
  • Investigating biological response in the UVB as a function of ozone variation using perturbation theory. P. E. Loughlin and M.A. Box, Photochem. Photobiol., B43, 73-85, 1998.

Contact Details 

Mail Address

School of Physics
The University of New South Wales

Email Address

Phone Number

61 2 9385 4545  

Facsimile Number

61 2 9385 6060