Professor Martyn Chipperfield
- Position: Professor
- Areas of expertise: Atmospheric chemistry; atmospheric science; ozone layer; climate; air pollution; air quality; numerical modelling; satellite observations
- Email: M.Chipperfield@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6459
- Location: 11.110 School of Earth and Environment
- Website: Personal homepage | ResearcherID | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I am an atmospheric scientist within the School of Earth and Environment. I am also a member and former 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. Our 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 National Centre for Earth Observation. I am PI (or Co-I) on the current NERC projects LSO3, Polygram, InHALE, MeteorStrat and the ESA OREGANO 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 am currently on the Science Team for the ESA Explorer 11 candidate mission: The Changing-Atmosphere Infra-red Tomography Explorer (CAIRT). CAIRT will be the first limb-sounder with imaging Fourier-transform infrared technology in space. By observing simultaneously the atmosphere from the mid-troposphere to the lower thermosphere (about 5 to 115 km altitude), CAIRT will provide global observations of ozone, temperature, water vapour, as well as key halogen and nitrogen compounds.
I have served on a number of national/international committees, especially related to ozone depletion, satellite missions and chemistry-climate modelling.
- Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award 2015
- Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award 2018
- Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union 2020
I have published over 360 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 63). 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
- Investigating HALocarbon impacts on the global Environment (InHALE)
- Ozone Recovery from Merged Observational Data and Model Analysis (OREGANO)
- POLYisotopologues of GReenhouse gases: Analysis and Modelling (POLYGRAM)
- Why is Lower Stratospheric Ozone Not Recovering?
- PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge
- BA, Natural Sciences (1st class honours), University of Cambridge
- Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, CChem)
- Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)
- American Geophysical Union (Fellow)
- American Meteorological Society
I contribute to teaching in the areas of environmental science, atmospheric chemistry and satellite earth observation.
I am module leader for:
- SOEE2481 Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales
- SOEE2701 Fieldwork and Tutorials 2
- SOEE3190 Earth Observation from Space
I also teach on the modules:
- SOEE1280 Atmosphere
- SOEE1443 Fieldwork and Tutorials 1
- SOEE3431 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