School of Earth and Environment

Richard Pope Dr Richard Pope

NCEO Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36473
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Room: 10.127a

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


Richard Pope is a postdoctoral researcher in the Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling Group in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. He is funded by the the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) to investigate air quality and tropospheric chemistry using satellite observations and modelling. Richard recently completed his PhD in Atmopsheric Chemistry Modelling at the University of Leeds and did his undergraduate degree (MSci) in Meteorology and Oceanography at the University of East Anglia.


PhD Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling and Earth Observation - The University of Leeds, 2011-2015

MSci Meteorology and Oceanography, Univeristy of East Anglia, 2007-2011

Research Interests

- Air quality

- Atmospheric chemistry modelling

- Earth observation of tropospheric chemistry

- Synotpic weather and air pollution links

- Atmospheric sciences

Teaching Interests

Richard has given lectures on remote sensing of clouds and atmospheric chemistry on the SOEE3190: Earth Observation from Space course, here in the School of Earth and Environment.


Pope, R. J., M. P. Chipperfield, S. R. Arnold, N. Glatthor, W. Feng, S. S. Dhomse, B. J. Kerridge, B. G. Latter and R. Siddans. Influence of the wintertime North Atlantic Oscilliation on European tropospheric composition: an observational and modelling study. ACP, 18, 8389-8404,, 2018.

Pope, R. J., S. R. Arnold, M. P. Chipperfield, B. G. Latter, R. Siddans and B. J. Kerridge. Widespread changes in UK air quality observed from space. Atmos. Sci. Letts., 1–8., 2018.

Monks, S. A., S. R. Arnold, M. J. Hollaway, R. J. Pope, C. Wilson, W. Feng, K. E. Emmerson, B. J. Kerridge, B. L. Latter, G. M. Miles, R. Siddans and M. P. Chipperfield. The TOMCAT global chemistry transport model v1.6: description of chemical mechanism and model evaluation. GMD, 10, 3025-3057, 2017.

Pope, R. J., E. W. Butt, M. P. Chipperfield, R. M. Doherty, S. Fenech, A. Schmidt, S. R. Arnold and N. H. Savage. The impact of synoptic weather on UK surface ozone and implications for premature mortality. Env. Res. Letts., 11, 124004, 2016.

Pope, R. J., A. M. Marshal and B. O. O'Kane. Observing UK Bonfire Night Pollution from Space: Analysis of Atmospheric Aerosol. Weather, 71 (11), 288-291, 2016.

Pope, R. J., A. D. Richards, M. P. Chipperfield, D. P. Moore, S. A. Monks, S. R. Arnold, N. Glatthor, M. Kiefer, T. J. Breider, J. J. Harrison, J. J. Remedios, C. Warneke, J. M. Roberts, G. S. Diskin, L. G. Huey, A. Wisthaler, E. C. Apel, P. F. Bernath, and W. Feng. Intercomparison and evaluation of satellite peroxyacetyl nitrate observations in the upper troposphere - lower stratosphere. ACP, 16, pp.13541-13559. doi: 10.5194/acp-16-13541-2016, 2016.

Pope, R.J., J.H. Marsham, P. Knippertz, M.E. Brooks and A.J. Roberts. Identifying errors in dust models from data assimilation. Geophys. Res. Letts., doi: 10.1002/2016GL070621, 2016.

Pope, R.J. and M. Provod, Detection of the Yorkshire power stations from space: an air quality perspective. Weather, 71, 2, pp 40-43, 2016.

Pope, R.J., N.H. Savage, M.P. Chipperfield, C. Ordonez and L.S. Neal, The influence of synoptic weather regimes on UK air quality: Regional model studies of tropospheric column NO2, ACP, doi:10.5194/acp-15-11201-2015, 2015.

Pope, R.J., M.P. Chipperfield, N.H. Savage, C. Ordonez, L.S. Neal, L.A. Lee, S.S. Dhomse, N.A.D. Richards and T.D. Keslake, Evaluation of a regional air quality model using satellite column NO2: treatment of observational errors and model boundary conditions and emissions, ACP, doi:10.5194/acp-15-5611-2015, 2015.

Pope, R.J., K.M. Willett, T.J. Osborn and P. Thorne, Investigation and quality assessment of the Past Weather Code from the Integrated Surface Database, Met Office (Hadley Centre) Technical Note, 97,, 2014.

Pope, R.J., N.H. Savage, M.P. Chipperfield, S.R. Arnold and T.J. Osborn, The influence of synoptic weather regimes on UK air quality: Analysis of satellite column NO2, Atmos. Sci. Letts., doi:10.1002/asl2.492, 2014.