Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



+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



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

Banks JR, Brindley HE, Stenchikov G, et al., 2017, Satellite retrievals of dust aerosol over the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf (2005-2015), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:17, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:3987-4003

Cahill B, Toumi R, Stenchikov G, et al., 2017, Evaluation of thermal and dynamic impacts of summer dust aerosols on the Red Sea, Journal of Geophysical Research-oceans, Vol:122, ISSN:2169-9275, Pages:1325-1346

Francis DBK, Flamant C, Chaboureau J-P, et al., 2017, Dust emission and transport over Iraq associated with the summer Shamal winds, Aeolian Research, Vol:24, ISSN:1875-9637, Pages:15-31

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

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