Dr Neil Harris

Group Leader at Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge

Lecturer and Group Leader, Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

The motivation for Dr Harris’ research is to understand the chemical and dynamical factors that determine changes in atmospheric composition: “These are fascinating as scientific problems in their own right and are also important for global environmental issues such as stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. In the past, scientists have concentrated on relatively short term chemical processes (seconds to weeks); it is now more important than ever to understand how atmospheric composition is influenced by longer-term processes (weeks to years).”

A wealth of measurements exists that has been collected in global monitoring networks, during focussed field campaigns and by satellite instruments. Great opportunities exist to exploit these data to understand a range of atmospheric problems. Dr Harris’ approach is to analyse and interpret the available measurements, collaborating closely with the atmospheric modelling (Prof. Pyle) and measurement (Prof. Jones and Dr Kalberer) groups in the Chemistry Department of the University.

In addition to interpreting existing observations, Dr Harris has a small group developing and constructing instruments capable of running autonomously in order to make observations for months and years at a time. These custom-built instruments will be used to make measurements of short-lived halocarbons and hydrocarbons at sites in the West Pacific as well as on commercial container ships. There are very few measurements in these places and these instruments will operate for months and years. The observations are thus valuable in their own right, and are being used to estimate emissions of these compounds.

  • 6 February 2020, 5:30pm

    2020 Christ’s College Climate Seminars

    The Centre for Science and Policy is working with Professor Charles Kennel, Director Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, to deliver the 2020 series of climate change seminars hosted by Christ’s College.

  • 21 January 2015, 6pm

    Cities in a changing climate: London

    CSaP is working in partnership with the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together a panel of distinguished speakers to focus on cities in a changing climate.