Dr Carly Reddington

Dr Carly Reddington


I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute for Climate & Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds. My research involves using complex atmospheric chemistry-aerosol models to investigate the impact of anthropogenic and natural emissions on atmospheric composition and air quality.

I completed my PhD in 2012, where I investigated primary and secondary sources of atmospheric aerosol over Europe using a global atmospheric chemistry-transport model. From 2012 to 2016 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on two distinct projects: (1) quantifying uncertainty in global models of cloud-active aerosol to improve estimates of the effect of aerosol on climate; and (2) quantifying the effects of aerosol from biomass burning on air quality in the tropics. After a career break between May 2016 and Feb 2017, I began a new project investigating causes of air quality degradation in East Asia, focussing on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

Research interests

Improving air quality in Hong Kong & Pearl River Delta

Rapid economic growth combined with inadequate environmental legislation has led to serious air quality problems across Asia. Efforts to improve air quality are hindered by poor understanding of pollutant sources and processes that lead to unhealthy air. We aim to identify and prioritise realistic and effective measures to rapidly mitigate poor air quality across Asia, with a focus on developing solutions for the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong – now the largest urban area in the world. In addition to fossil fuel emissions, we will assess the contribution of other emission sources – agricultural waste burning, residential fuel combustion, forest fires. To do this, we will exploit state-of-the-art air quality models in combination with recent air pollution measurements.

Previous research

The South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) Project: Investigating the properties and impacts of tropical biomass burning aerosol. Quantifying the impacts of biomass burning aerosol on air quality and climate requires detailed understanding of the physical, chemical and optical properties of the aerosol. My research involved using a global aerosol microphysics model and a variety of observations to identify where significant model-observation differences exist and to improve representation of biomass burning aerosol properties. Furthermore, I used these tools to quantify the effects of biomass burning on atmospheric composition, regional air quality and human health.

The Global Synthesis Science Project (GASSP): Constraining uncertainty in global aerosol models. The aim of GASSP is to understand and reduce the uncertainty in global models of cloud-active aerosols to improve estimates of the effect of aerosol on climate. As part of GASSP, I synthesised a vast array of diverse aerosol measurements from aircraft, ground stations and ships, which will be used in combination with statistical methods to evaluate global aerosol and climate models and constrain their uncertainties.

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  • PhD, Atmospheric Science
  • MPhys (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

Research groups and institutes

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