Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Earth Observation



+44 (0)20 7594 7673h.brindley




720aHuxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests:

  • Direct impacts of aerosol on the Earth's radiation budget
  • The role of Saharan dust in the global climate system
  • Diagnosing climate impacts and feedbacks due to greenhouse gases and aerosol using spectrally resolved ground-based, in situ and satellite observations
  • Atmospheric impacts on the potential for solar energy generation from the desert 

Current Projects:

  • PI (Collaborative Research Grant) - Quantifying the radiative impact of dust aerosol over the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea and its implications for local, regional and global climate
  • PI (NERC Consortium) - Fennec: The Saharan Heat Low
  • PI (NERC joint grant): Do-4-Models: Improving the representation of dust uplift in regional climate models
  • Co-I (NERC Standard Grant): CLARREO: A new opportunity for climate monitoring from space 


  • PhD in Atmospheric Physics from the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, Imperial College London
  • BSc in Physics and Meteorology from the University of Reading



Banks JR, Huenerbein A, Heinold B, et al., 2019, The sensitivity of the colour of dust in MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared composite imagery to surface and atmospheric conditions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:6893-6911

Banks JR, Schepanski K, Heinold B, et al., 2018, The influence of dust optical properties on the colour of simulated MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared imagery, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:9681-9703

Gristey JJ, Chiu JC, Gurney RJ, et al., 2018, Insights into the diurnal cycle of global Earth outgoing radiation using a numerical weather prediction model, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:5129-5145

Mackie A, Palmer PI, Brindley H, 2017, Characterizing energy budget variability at a Sahelian site: a test of NWP model behaviour, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:17, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:15095-15119

Bellisario C, Brindley H, Murray J, et al., 2017, Retrievals of the Far Infrared surface emissivity over the Greenland Plateau using the Tropospheric Airborne Fourier Transform Spectrometer (TAFTS)., Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol:122, ISSN:0148-0227, Pages:12152-12166

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