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Centre for Atmospheric Science

Senior Research Associate

Focus of research

As a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Atmospheric Science, my research centres on a problem of huge significance -- air quality and its impact on human health. My main research focus has been to successfully develop and deploy sensors and sensor networks for a range of studies including air pollution assessment, exposure and health studies, and greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring. Our new approaches allow us to extract previously unrecorded data, which provide much-needed evidence and support for policies and interventions.

Other aspects of my research include investigating how observations from both sensor and reference networks can be utilised in improving the performance of air quality models, including data assimilation for refinement of emission inventories, pollution forecasts and footprint analysis in urban and, more recently, in agricultural and rural environments.

Projects

I have made significant contributions to several research projects on low-cost sensors (LCS) in the UK including Sensor Network for Air Quality at London Heathrow airport (SNAQ-Heathrow Project), the C40/CIFF funded Breathe London pilot project and network of LCS research-COP26 in Glasgow. International projects I have worked on include the NERC funded Air Pollution and Human Health (APHH) in China, the BELIEVE study in Bangladesh, the EU Citisense project, GCRF funded air pollution studies in Kenya and Royal Academy ALPHA project in Cameroon and Nigeria and a recently started collaboration on the Air Quality Management Community of Practice in Africa Project. My current research work is the NERC funded Landscape Regeneration Solutions to the Interlinked Extinction and Climate Crises that support Sustainable Development (UCAM-Regen), where I am contributing to the atmospheric observations using sensor network approach, data assimilation and developing a novel low-cost flux device.

Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

I joined the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and I am currently a Senior Research Associate, working most closely with Professor Rod Jones and Dr Chiara Giorio.

Publications

Assessment of the temporal and seasonal variabilities in air pollution and implications for physical activity in Lagos and Yaoundé
OAM Popoola, R Alani, F Assah, T Lawanson, AK Tchouaffi, C Mapa-Tassou, N Blanche, D Odekunle, R Unuigboje, VA Onifade, T Ogunro, M Thondoo, RL Jones, T Oni
– Atmosphere
(2023)
14,
1693
Spatiotemporal distribution of pollutants and impact of local meteorology on source influence on pollutants’ level in a traffic air-shed in Lagos megacity, Nigeria
AP Olufemi, OG Fawole, OK Owoade, OAM Popoola, RL Jones, AB Toyeje, PO Abiodun, OR Omokungbe, OE Abiye, LA Sunmonu
– Environ Monit Assess
(2023)
195,
1126
Identifying Patterns and Sources of Fine and Ultrafine Particulate Matter in London Using Mobile Measurements of Lung-Deposited Surface Area
RU Shah, LE Padilla, DR Peters, M Dupuy-Todd, ER Fonseca, GQ Ma, OAM Popoola, RL Jones, J Mills, NA Martin, RA Alvarez
– Environmental Science & Technology
(2022)
57,
96
Improving NOxemission estimates in Beijing using network observations and a perturbed emissions ensemble
L Yuan, OAM Popoola, C Hood, D Carruthers, RL Jones, HZ Sun, H Liu, Q Zhang, AT Archibald
– Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
(2022)
22,
8617
Improving NOx emission estimates in Beijing using network observations and a perturbed emissions ensemble
L Yuan, OAM Popoola, C Hood, D Carruthers, RL Jones, HZ Sun, H Liu, Q Zhang, AT Archibald
– Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
(2022)
22,
8617
The other pandemic: social media engagement around non-communicable disease preventive behaviours during Nigeria’s COVID-19 lockdowns
ERI Mogo, T Lawanson, R Unuigboje, Y Chetty, V Onifade, D Odekunle, T Ogunro, N Blanche, R Alani, L Foley, C Mapa-Tassou, F Assah, O Popoola, C Peter, T Oni
– Cities & Health
(2022)
7,
563
Supplementary material to "Improving NO<sub>X</sub> emissions in Beijing using network observations and a novel perturbed emissions ensemble"
L Yuan, O Popoola, C Hood, D Carruthers, RL Jones, HZ Sun, H Liu, Q Zhang, AT Archibald
(2022)
Improving NO<sub>X</sub> emissions in Beijing using network observations and a novel perturbed emissions ensemble
L Yuan, O Popoola, C Hood, D Carruthers, RL Jones, HZ Sun, H Liu, Q Zhang, AT Archibald
(2022)
A Systematic Review Protocol of Opportunities for Noncommunicable Disease Prevention via Public Space Initiatives in African Cities
ERI Mogo, T Lawanson, L Foley, C Mapa-Tassou, F Assah, T Ogunro, V Onifade, D Odekunle, R Unuigboje, N Blanche, R Alani, L Chatzidiakou, O Popoola, R Jones, T Oni
– International journal of environmental research and public health
(2022)
19,
2285
New methods to derive street-scale spatial patterns of air pollution from mobile monitoring
LE Padilla, GQ Ma, D Peters, M Dupuy-Todd, E Forsyth, A Stidworthy, J Mills, S Bell, I Hayward, G Coppin, K Moore, E Fonseca, OAM Popoola, F Douglas, G Slater, K Tuxen-Bettman, D Carruthers, NA Martin, RL Jones, RA Alvarez
– Atmospheric Environment
(2022)
270,
118851
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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


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