Ben Silver

Ben Silver


In 2017 I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Environmental Sciences. During my degree, I studied abroad for a year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technologywhere I developed an interest in air quality meteorology and health. For my undergraduate dissertation project, I used air quality and meteorological data from Hong Kong, along with modelled back trajectories to analyse the long-range transport of pollutants during the winter monsoon in China.

The aim of my project is to quantify the air quality co-benefits of low emissions development strategies in cities. I hope to identify realistic and effective measures to rapidly improve air quality while reducing carbon emissions. I will use in-situ and remote sensed measurements alongside regional air quality modelling to better understand the emissions and processes that affect air quality in the Pearl River Delta region of South China. This knowledge will then be comminicated to policy makers, NGOs and the business sector.

Research interests

  • Air quality modelling (using WRF/Chem)
  • Air quality health impacts
  • Chinese air pollutant monitoring data
  • Quantifying air quality co-benefits of climate change mitigation strategies in cities


  • BSc, Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia