Dr Chris Wilson

Dr Chris Wilson


Chris Wilson joined the School as a PhD student in October 2007, after completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the Univeristy of Oxford and a Masters degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics at the Univeristy of Leeds. His PhD was entitled 'Analysing Recent Spatial and Temporal Atmospheric Methane Variations using Forward and Inverse Modelling', and he was supervised by Prof. Martyn Chipperfield and Prof. Emanuel Gloor. The main feature of this work involved the creation of the variational inverse transport model INVICAT, based upon the chemical transport model TOMCAT. After completing his PhD, Chris joined the AMAZONICA project, which aims to assess the carbon budget of the Amazon Basin, as a Research Fellow.

Chris is now part of the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

Research interests

Chris has worked extensively in the field of inverse transport modelling, aiming to quantify surface emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) through the assimilation of observations of the atmospheric distributions of these species into a chemical transport model. Chris developed ATOMCAT and INVICAT, which are the adjoint and variational inverse versions of the TOMCAT model, respectively. Further research interests include:

  • Inverse modelling of tropospheric species, especially CH4, CO2, CO and N2O
  • Assessing emission inventories of these species through forward and inverse modelling
  • Examining the carbon budget and emissions in the Amazon Basin
  • Data assimilation and inverse modelling techniques


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  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, (Modelling of Atmospheric Chemistry), University of Leeds
  • MSc, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Univeristy of Leeds
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Oxford

Student education

Chris has taught on various undergraduate modules whilst at Leeds, covering remote sensing and mathematics. Chris currently teaches some mathematics courses for first-year undergraduate students.

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

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