Dr Nigel Richards


  • 2014 - present: NERC DTP Manager, University of Leeds

  • 2009 - 2014: Postdoctoral research fellow, NCEO, University of Leeds

  • 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Leeds

  • 2005 - 2007: Postdoctoral research fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA

Research interests

I utilise satellite observations in conjunction with chemistry transport modeling and aircraft observations to investigate tropospheric composition. My research involves use of the TOMCAT global chemical-transport model to help interpret the first global distributions of peroxyacetylnitrate (PAN) in the upper troposphere. These observations are retrieved from the MIPAS satellite instrument, providing routine upper tropospheric concentration profiles in remote regions, where only sparse aircraft observations have been possible to date.

I am a member of and work closely with the TES (tropospheric emission spectrometer) science team. Through this collaboration I am involved in the validation and use of TES tropospheric profile measurements of CO and ozone.


  • MPhys, Physics with Space Science and Technology, University of Leicester
  • PhD Physics (Earth Observation Science), University of Leicester