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

Variability in tree ring oxygen isotopes in the Amazon

Tree ring oxygen isotopes in Northern Bolivia correlate strongly with Amazon basin-wide rainfall. We use atmospheric back trajectories and satellite precipitation retrievals to show that rainout in the basin is the most important factor controlling oxygen isotopes. Our work suggests that tree ring oxygen isotopes can be reliably used to reconstruct Amazon basin rainfall.

Baker et al., Geophys. Res. Lett., 2016

Research Archive


February 2017 Press Release on our recent paper on the climate warming from black carbon aerosol.

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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