Atmospheric Physics



Research is carried out in the area of atmospheric radiative transfer (mainly solar) and remote sensing.

Radiative Perturbation Theory

One major area of research is the development of radiative perturbation theory as a computational tool in radiative transfer calculations and modelling. Applications include aerosol variability (both loading and optical properties), ozone depletion, photochemistry, clouds (including microphysical and morphological variability) and gaseous absorption spectra.

Aerosol Optical Properties

A second area of research is the ground based monitoring of atmospheric aerosol optical properties for both climate and visual air quality purposes. This involves the use of automated multispectral radiometers and other monitoring equipment, and the development of advanced inversion algorithms. We plan to cross-correlate the resulting data with other environmental and meteorological data.

Satellite Remote Sensing

We plan to merge these two research areas into a third area of satellite remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols, and make an active contribution to POLDER on ADEOS, and (later) NASA's EOS Program. (Dr Michael Box is a Principal Investigator on this international project, and Dr Gail Box is a Co-Investigator.)

Research Projects

Research projects are available in any of the above areas, and may be tailored to fit the interests and experience of candidates. In addition, research projects involving collaboration with the School of Mathematics, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, or the Centre for Advanced Numerical Computation in Engineering and Science can be arranged.


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