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, 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

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

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