School of Earth and Environment

Joe McNorton Dr Joe McNorton

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35612
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Room: 10.126


Joe is a post-doctoral researcher within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (ICAS) at the University of Leeds. He is currently working on the NERC funded project: "MOYA : The Global Methane Budget".

Joe recently completed his PhD (Analysis of recent atmospheric methane trends using models and observations), also at the University of Leeds. For this work, Joe used the Joint UK Land Surface Environment Simulator (JULES) and an atmospheric chemical transport model (TOMCAT), alongside observations, to investigate recent growth anomalies in atmospheric methane concentrations.

Working with colleagues in the School of Geography and across multiple universities, Joe is working on the inclusion of methane isotopes within both land surface and atmospheric models to further investigate recent trends in methane growth.

Further information on the project can be found here


  • BSc Physics with Astrophysics (University of Leicester, 2008)
  • PGCE Physics with Core Science (University of Leicester, 2009)
  • MSc Oceanography with Ocean Remote Sensing (University of Southampton, 2012)
  • PhD "Analysis of recent atmospheric methane trends using models and observations" (University of Leeds, 2016).
    Supervised by: Prof. M. P. Chipperfield, Prof. M. Gloor and Dr. G. Hayman


  • McNorton, J., Chipperfield, M.P., Gloor, E.U., Wilson, C., Feng, W., Hayman, G.D., Rigby, M., Krummel, P.B., O'Doherty, S., Prinn, R.G. and Weiss, R.F., 2016. Role of OH variability in the stalling of the global atmospheric CH4 growth rate from 1999 to 2006. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 7943-7956, doi:10.5194/acp-16-7943-2016.
  • Wilson, C., Gloor, M., Gatti, L.V., Miller, J.B., Monks, S.A., McNorton, J., Bloom, A.A., Basso, L.S. and Chipperfield, M.P., 2016. Contribution of regional sources to atmospheric methane over the Amazon Basin in 2010 and 2011. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30, 400�420, doi:10.1002/2015GB005300.
  • McNorton, J., Gloor, E., Wilson, C., Hayman, G.D., Gedney, N., Comyn-Platt, E., Marthews, T., Parker, R.J., Boesch, H. and Chipperfield, M.P., 2016. Role of regional wetland emissions in atmospheric methane variability, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL070649.