School of Earth and Environment

Luke Conibear Luke Conibear

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: Energy Building, 3rd floor open plan

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


I'm a PhD student researching the impacts of air pollution to human health in India.

Further affilliations


  • PhD (University of Leeds) 2015-present.
  • MSc in Bioenergy (University of Leeds) 2014-2015.
    • Urban bioenergy and air quality impacts with Leeds City Council (air quality modelling).
    • The use of additives during biomass combustion with Drax Power Ltd (laboratory).

  • BEng in Mechanical Engineering (University College London) 2007-2010.
    • I specialised in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics with main project on absorption spectroscopy.


LinkedIn Profile


  • Energy Institute
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • International Global Atmospheric Chemistry

Research Interests

Air pollution, human health, WRF-Chem, India, residential energy use of solid fuels

Workshops and courses

  • NCAS, Climate Modelling Summer School, funded place (12 days).
  • ECMWF, Parametrization of subgrid physical processes (1 week).
  • ECMWF, Advanced numerical methods for Earth system modelling (1 week).
  • NCAS, Introduction to UKCA (1 week).
  • NCAS, Introduction to the Met Office Unified Model (3 days).

Selected presentations

  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Atmospheric chemistry in the anthropocene: Faraday Discussion, York, UK (poster).
  • Public Health England, 2017 Annual UK Review Meeting on Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Research in the UK, Birmingham, UK (oral).
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Monitoring Ambient Air 2016 Conference, London, UK (poster).
  • SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub: African Bioenergy Opportunities Workshop, University of Sheffield, UK (poster).
  • International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) 2016 Annual Science Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA (poster).
  • 2015 SUPERGEN Bioenergy HUB Assembly, Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire, UK (oral).
  • 2015 International Biomass Emissions Conference (IBEC), University of Leeds, UK (oral).
  • Leeds City Council, Leeds, UK (oral, invited).

Teaching Interests

  • Teach the use, running and setup of the numerical weather prediction model with chemistry (WRF-Chem).
  • Demonstrated on computer workshops for postgraduate students focusing on global vegetation model. Module title ‘Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System’.
  • Teach the use of MODIS satellite aerosol optical depth (AOD) product using Python.
  • Demonstrated on computer workshops for second year undergraduates focusing on statistical analysis using R. Module title ‘Environmental Research and Career Skills’.
  • Co-supervised two postgraduate students on 3-month MSc project on electrification analysis.

Computing experience

  • Weather Research and Forecasting Model coupled with Chemistry (WRF-Chem).
  • Met Office Unified Model (UM) with United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosols (UKCA).
  • Advanced dispersion model (ADMS4).
  • Python, Linux, R, FORTRAN, IDL, NCO, NCL.
  • ArcGIS, GitHub.
  • National (ARCHER, LOTUS), Regional (POLARIS), Local (ARC).

Project details

Project title

Ambient air quality and human health in India




Project outline

Exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a leading risk factor to human health. India experiences high annual mean ambient PM2.5 concentrations, rapid urbanisation, population growth and industrialisation. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD2016) estimated that one quarter of the 4 million global deaths annually attributed to ambient PM2.5 exposure occur in India. Understanding the contribution of different emission sectors to ambient air pollution is needed for effective pollution abatement efforts to reduce this substantial disease burden.

This project aims to understand ambient air pollution impacts human health in India. The first objective will quantified the impact of different emission sectors to human health at high spatial resolution. The second objective will explore future emission scenarios. The third objective will focus on high pollution events in Delhi.



Conibear, L., Butt, E. W., Knote, C., Arnold, S. R., & Spracklen, D. V. (2018). Residential energy use emissions dominate health impacts from exposure to ambient particulate matter in India. Nature Communications, 9(617), 9.


Archer-Nicholls, S., Archibald, A., Arnold, S., Bartels-Rausch, T., Brown, S., Carpenter, L.J., Collins, W., Conibear, L., Doherty, R., Dunmore, R., Edebeli, J., Edwards, M., Evans, M., Finlayson-Pitts, B., Hamilton, J., Hastings, M., Heald, C., Heard, D., Kalberer, M., Kampf, C., Kiendler-Scharr, A., Knopf, D., Kroll, J., Lacey, F., Lelieveld, J., Marais, E., Murphy, J., Olawoyin, O., Ravishankara, A., Reid, J., Rudich, Y., Shindell, D., Unger, N., Wahner, A., Wallington, T.J., Williams, J., Young, P., Zelenyuk, A., 2017. The air we breathe: Past, present, and future: general discussion. Faraday Discuss. 200, 501–527. doi:10.1039/C7FD90040F