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

How effective has European legislation been in improving air quality?

We used a coupled composition-climate model to simulate the impacts of European air quality legislation and technology measures implemented between 1970 and 2010. We estimate that emission reductions associated with legislation and technology measures decreased simulated European annual mean concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) by 35%. We estimate the reduction in PM2.5 concentrations due to these emission reductions is preventing 80 000 premature deaths annually across the European Union.

Turnock et al., Environ. Res. Lett., 2016

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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.

July 2015 Firing photosynthesis - Research highlight in Nature Climate Change on our recent paper on fires, aerosol, diffuse radiation and forest carbon

March 2015 We have a funded PhD with World Land Trust to study forest degradation and restoration in Vietnam. Apply here, deadline 8th April.

March 2015 Douglas Hamilton awarded a Postgraduate Researcher Publication Prize 2014/2015.

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