Dominick Spracklen


Humans are altering the composition of the atmosphere and transforming ecosystems with impacts on climate and the Earth System. Our research aims to understand interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere and climate and the ways that these are being altered by human activity.

Recent work

Impact of the 2015 Indonesian fires on air quality

In September to October 2015 Indonesia experienced the largest forest and peat fires for 3 decades. We used the WRF-chem air quality model to simulate the concentrations of fine particles (PM2.5) that occurred during this period, with mean concentrations as high as 1000 ug/m-3 (figure below). We find that 69 million people (25% of the population of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) were exposed to very high concentrations of particulate pollution. We estimate that short-term exposure to this air pollution caused 11,880 (6,153–17,270) excess mortalities during September and October.

Crippa et al., Scientific Reports, 2016

Research Archive


November 2016 News coverage of our recent work on Indonesian fires and air quality.

November 2016 Fully funded PhD studentship to study co-benefits of low carbon cities on Asian air quality.

September 2016 Cat Scott awarded the Early Career Oral Presentation Award at IGAC 2016.

March 2016 Our research on EU legislation and air quality in the Geographical.

February 2016 Press release on our paper on EU legislation and air quality.

November 2015 Media coverage of our recent GRL paper on Amazon deforestation: Mongabay,

September 2015 Our Nature Geoscience paper received some media coverage including: BBC Brazil, National Geographic Brazil, Estado, Noticias, and Mongabay.

September 2015 A News and Views article on our recent paper on deforestationa and air quality.

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