Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 7673h.brindley




H/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



Bantges RJ, Brindley HE, Chen XH, et al., 2016, On the Detection of Robust Multidecadal Changes in Earth's Outgoing Longwave Radiation Spectrum, Journal of Climate, Vol:29, ISSN:0894-8755, Pages:4939-4947

Brindley HE, Bantges RJ, 2016, The Spectral Signature of Recent Climate Change, Current Climate Change Reports, Vol:2, Pages:112-126

Marsham JH, Parker DJ, Todd MC, et al., 2016, The contrasting roles of water and dust in controlling daily variations in radiative heating of the summertime Saharan heat low, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:16, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:3563-3575

Murray JE, Brindley HE, Bryant RG, et al., 2016, Enhancing weak transient signals in SEVIRI false color imagery: Application to dust source detection in southern Africa, Journal of Geophysical Research-atmospheres, Vol:121, ISSN:2169-897X, Pages:10199-10219

Parfitt R, Russell JE, Bantges R, et al., 2016, A study of the time evolution of GERB shortwave calibration by comparison with CERES Edition-3A data, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol:186, ISSN:0034-4257, Pages:416-427

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