School of Earth and Environment

Carly Reddington Dr Carly Reddington

Research Fellow

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Room: 10.126

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


  • Jan 2017 - present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Improving air quality in Hong Kong & Pearl River Delta: Turning new knowledge into policy and action. Line managers: Prof Dominick Spracklen and Assoc. Prof Stephen Arnold.
  • Feb 2013 - Dec 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the SAMBBA and GASSP projects, University of Leeds
  • May 2012 - Feb 2013: Research Support Scientist, University of Leeds


  • 2008 – 2012: PhD in Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, UK. Thesis title: "Primary versus secondary contributions to particle number concentrations in the European boundary layer". Supervised by Prof K Carslaw and funded by The European Integrated project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality Interactions (EUCAARI).
  • 2003 – 2007: Master of Physics (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (2:1), University of Leeds, UK (with a study abroad year at Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Research Interests

Current research: Improving air quality in Hong Kong & Pearl River Delta

Rapid economic growth combined with inadequate environmental legislation has led to serious air quality problems across Asia. Efforts to improve air quality are hindered by poor understanding of pollutant sources and processes that lead to unhealthy air. It is clear that Asia will need different approaches to improving air quality than those implemented in Europe and the US. However, the most effective air pollution mitigation options have not yet been identified for Asia.

We aim to identify and prioritise realistic and effective measures to rapidly mitigate poor air quality across Asia, with a focus on developing solutions for the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong – now the largest urban area in the world. In addition to fossil fuel emissions, we will assess the contribution of other emission sources – agricultural waste burning, residential fuel combustion, forest fires. To do this, we will exploit state-of-the-art air quality models in combination with recent air pollution measurements made by partners across Asia.

Previous research

The South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) Project and The Global Synthesis Science Project (GASSP); two distinct research projects that required the management and prioritisation of multiple commitments.

1) SAMBBA: Investigating the properties and impacts of tropical biomass burning aerosol. Quantifying the impacts of biomass burning aerosol on air quality and climate requires detailed understanding of the physical, chemical and optical properties of the aerosol. My research involved using a global aerosol microphysics model and a variety of observations to identify where significant model-observation differences exist and to improve representation of biomass burning aerosol properties. Furthermore, I used these tools to quantify the effects of biomass burning on atmospheric composition, regional air quality and human health.

2) GASSP: Constraining uncertainty in global aerosol models. The aim of GASSP is to understand and reduce the uncertainty in global models of cloud-active aerosols to improve estimates of the effect of aerosol on climate. As part of GASSP, I synthesised a vast array of diverse aerosol measurements from aircraft, ground stations and ships, which will be used in combination with statistical methods to evaluate global aerosol and climate models and constrain their uncertainties.

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