Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Earth Observation



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717Huxley 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



Magurno D, Cossich W, Maestri T, et al., 2020, Cirrus Cloud Identification from Airborne Far-Infrared and Mid-Infrared Spectra, Remote Sensing, Vol:12, Pages:2097-2097

Mackie A, Wild M, Brindley H, et al., 2020, Observed and CMIP5-Simulated Radiative Flux Variability Over West Africa, Earth and Space Science, Vol:7

Bellisario C, Brindley HE, Tett SFB, et al., 2019, Can downwelling far-infrared radiances over Antarctica be estimated from mid-infrared information?, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:7927-7937

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

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