Dr Carly Reddington

Dr Carly Reddington


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and a member of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols research group. My research involves using complex atmospheric chemistry-aerosol models to investigate the impact of anthropogenic and natural emissions on atmospheric composition and air quality.

Research interests

I am interested in the effects of emissions from human activity on atmospheric composition, air quality and human health.

Current research

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 are using a state-of-the-art air quality model in combination with recent air pollution measurements.

Previous research

During my PhD I investigated primary and secondary sources of atmospheric aerosol over Europe using a global atmospheric chemistry-transport model (Reddington et al., 2011; 2013). Between 2012 and 2016 I worked as a Research Support Scientist and a postdoctoral research fellow on two projects:

The South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) Project: Investigating the properties and impacts of tropical biomass burning aerosol. My research involved using a global aerosol microphysics model and a variety of observations in the Amazon region to improve understanding of aerosol emissions from vegetation fires (Reddington et al., 2016; 2018). Furthermore, I used these tools to quantify the effects of biomass burning on atmospheric composition, regional air quality and human health (Reddington et al., 2014; 2015).

The Global Synthesis Science Project (GASSP): Constraining uncertainty in global aerosol models. My research involved synthesing a vast database of diverse aerosol measurements from aircraft, ground stations and ships (Reddington et al., 2017), which is being 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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