Professor Martyn Chipperfield

Professor Martyn Chipperfield

Profile

I am an atmospheric scientist within the School of Earth and Environment. I am also Director of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS).

After obtaining my PhD at Cambridge I worked in the Space Science Department of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and then at the French Met. Office in Toulouse. I returned to Cambridge  in 1993 where I was a Research Fellow and Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. I moved to Leeds in January 2000.

My research group consists of 5 PhD students and 5 Post-Doctoral research fellows. Their current research includes:

  • Modelling of tropospheric chemistry and aerosols (e.g. impact of chlorine/bromine/iodine).
  • Studies of stratospheric chemistry and transport (e.g. stratospheric ozone depletion and recovery and impact of solar variability).
  • Interpreting and exploiting satellite observations in the stratosphere and troposphere.
  • Data assimilation and inverse modelling to retrieve carbon fluxes.
  • Modelling of regional air quality using regional models.
  • Modelling mesospheric metal layer chemistry.

I am the PI and lead developer of the TOMCAT/SLIMCAT 3-D atmospheric model. I am a PI in the NERC centres NCEO and NCAS. I am PI (or Co-I) on the current NERC projects SISLAC, PROMOTE, MOYA, MeteorStrat and the EU StratoClim project.

I was the first Director of the Leeds-York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (2013-2017). The DTP started in 2014 and recruits around 28 PhD students per year across 6 departments in the two universities.

I serve on a number of national/international committees. I am currently on the Steering Committee for the 2018 WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion.

Awards:

  • Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder
  • Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award 2018

Responsibilities

  • Director of ICAS

Research interests

I have published over 275 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 51). A formatted list is available here.

  • Chemistry of the lower and middle atmosphere
  • Global modelling of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry and transport
  • Chemistry-climate interactions
  • Stratospheric ozone layer depletion and recovery
  • Atmosphere-land interactions
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Qualifications

  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Natural Sciences (1st class honours), University of Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, CChem)
  • Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Student education

I contribute to teaching in the areas of environmental science, atmospheric chemistry and satellite earth observation. I teach modules on Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales and Environmental Research and Career Skills. I also contribute to Atmosphere of Planet Earth, Earth Observation from Space and Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation.

Before coming to Leeds I taught physical chemistry at the University of Cambridge and for the Open University.

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate research students

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