Tom Thorp

Tom Thorp


I am a postgraduate researcher in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds, studying climate and air quality impacts at high latitudes. I began my NERC studentship in October 2016, having previously spent 4 years at the University of Portsmouth attaining a BSc and MRes in Physical Geography. 

Research interests

My research involves gaining a better understanding of processes controlling high latitude air quality, with a particular focus on short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). This is of current importance as the Arctic is warming disproportionately relative to mid-latitudes. This is predominantly controlled by radiative forcing from well-mixed greenhouse gases, amplified by efficient Arctic climate feedbacks. However, warming from increasing levels of SLCPs, such as tropospheric ozone and aerosols, are also significantly contributing to Arctic warming. At present, high latitude emissions of SLCPs are particularly poorly quantified, with a paucity of in-situ observations. 

Currently, our research uses the regional chemistry transport model WRF Chem to evaluate processes controlling regional ozone distribution in Western Siberia, Russia during spring and summertime. 


  • BSc, Physical Geography, University of Portsmouth
  • MRes Science, University of Portsmouth

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science