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Centre for Atmospheric Science


There's a wide array of research being undertaken in the CAS by research groups, research associates and collaborating academics. 

The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group from the Department of Chemistry has a very active research program into all aspects of atmospheric chemistry. There are modelling studies of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry, using 1D, 2D and 3D models. The group also builds its own instruments for observations of chemical constituents in the atmosphere. There is also research being carried out into the kinetics of reactions important for atmospheric chemistry.

In the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, scientists are engaged in studying fundamental dynamical processes; for example mixing processes in atmosphere and the development of new gravity wave parametrizations for atmospheric models.

In the Department of Geography, research is being carried out into small scale processes such as mixing within plumes and application to volcanic eruptions.

For more detailed information about the individual areas of research, please navigate to the relevant page using the menu or the links below.


Read more at: Instrumental Measurements & Development

Instrumental Measurements & Development

Several members of the CAS are involved in developing instruments for measuring atmospheric composition. This page provides an overview of the research currently undertaken in this field. 

Read more at: Numerical Modelling

Numerical Modelling

Many areas of research in the CAS involve the use of models to investigate complex atmospheric processes. Prof. John Pyle, for example, uses computer models to study the role of chemical species in our atmosphere whereas Dr Michael Herzog models convective clouds and plumes and develops atmospheric models from local to global scales.

Read more at: Laboratory Studies

Laboratory Studies

Numerous laboratory studies are undertaken in the CAS. Led by Dr Markus Kalberer, these studies include the chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and their effects on human health, the analysis of organic aerosol composition, and interactions of aerosol particles with the lung. 

Read more at: Publication Highlights
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Publication Highlights

Browse through our publication highlights - high-profile papers with real-world consequences. 

Read more at: Research Spotlights
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Research Spotlights

A brief glimpse into some of the research previously published with CAS academics. 

Read more at: Climate Change Policy Group

Climate Change Policy Group

The CCPG is a relatively young research group investigating climate change policy. They work closely with international collaborators on projects such as PARIS REINFORCE, and conduct research into potential factors hindering our ability to reach net zero and combat climate change. 

Read more at: Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group

Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group

The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) is led by Professor Alex Archibald. The ACRG investigates and models atmospheric chemistry, aiming to enhance our understanding of the air around us in order to reduce air pollution and combat climate change. 

Read more at: The Jones (R.) Group

The Jones (R.) Group

The Jones (R.) Group has wide ranging interests in atmospheric chemistry - from climate change to air pollution & human health.

Read more at: The Giorio Group

The Giorio Group

The Giorio Group is led by Dr Chiara Giorio. The Giorio Group researchers the atmospheric sciences, public health, and paleoclimate. 

Read more at: The Kalberer Group

The Kalberer Group

The Kalberer Group is based in the Centre of Atmospheric Science. Our research focuses on the chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and trace gases and their effects on human health. 

Read more at: The Schmidt Team

The Schmidt Team

Lead of the Schmidt Team, Dr Anja Schmidt is an interdisciplinary lecturer in climate modelling - jointly affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry and Geography.

Centre Highlights

• January 2024: The CCPG have successfully submitted a proposal for PACESETTERS!

• September 2nd 2023: Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi has co-authored a paper analysing just transition narratives in European coal regions. Read the paper here

• December 13th 2022: The CCPG have co-authored a paper on game-changing innovations towards net-zero, published in Energy Strategy Reviews. Read the open access paper here.

• November 15th 2022: The final conference of PARIS REINFORCE is taking place today in Sorbonne. Read more about the event here

• October 24th 2022: The CCPG have successfully submitted a proposal for the Cambridge-Tsinghua joint research initiative! 

• May 5th 2022: We've submitted to the UNFCCC's Global Stocktake (GST). More information is available on our news page. 

• March 23rd 2022: Multiple CAS academics have published a paper investigating the future role of anthropogenic methane emissions. Read the open access paper here.

• Feb 18th 2022: Dr Parris and Dr Anger-Kraavi have co-authored a paper that develops a tool to support co-designed transformative change. Read the open access paper here.

• Dec 16th 2021: Dr Parris has co-authored a paper that introduces a tool to support plastic pollution policy. Read the open access paper here.

• Nov 22nd 2021: Dr Anger-Kraavi has co-authored a paper with Paris Reinforce. Read the open access version here

Want to know more about our high-profile publications? Check out our Publication Highlights!