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

Contribution of vegetation and peat fires to particulate air pollution in Southeast Asia

Reddington et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett., 2014

Fires are used extensively across the tropics to clear forests and vegetation. Smoke from these fires causes poor air quality and has negative impacts on human health. We identified the locations of fires that are degrading air quality in Singapore. Fires in South and Central Sumatra and South Kalimantan contribute the most to poor air quality in Singapore (see figure). Action to prevent fires in these regions would have the most benefit to air quality in Singapore.

More details and a video abstract available here.

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Aug 2014 Cat Scott has been awarded a Springer Thesis Prize, awarded for an outstanding PhD thesis showing "scientific excellence and impact on research"..

July 2014 The first field campaign of our ORC3 project on marine organics is underway at the NCAS Cape Verde observatory. Updates soon from Hannah and others on their blog.

May 2014 The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forests (LEAF) Research Centre gets a website. Bringing together research on forests from across the University of Leeds. And we have a logo:

April 2014 Cat Scott awarded the SEE Postgraduate Researcher Publication Prize.

April 2014 Saharan dust not the dominant factor in the current UK "smog" episode. Read the Press Release here.

February 2014 Our workshop on the environmental impacts of residential biomass combustion was covered by the Yorkshire Post.

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