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



Saito M, Yang P, Huang X, et al., 2020, Spaceborne mid‐ and far‐infrared observations improving nighttime ice cloud property retrievals, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:47, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:1-10

Bantges R, Brindley H, Russell J, et al., A test of the ability of current bulk optical models to represent the radiative properties of cirrus cloud across the mid-and far-infrared, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, ISSN:1680-7316

Palchetti L, Brindley H, Bantges R, et al., 2020, FORUM: unique far-infrared satellite observations to better understand how Earth radiates energy to space, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, ISSN:0003-0007, Pages:1-52

Magurno D, Cossich W, Maestri T, et al., 2020, Cirrus cloud identification from airborne far-infrared and mid-infrared spectra, Remote Sensing, Vol:12, ISSN:2072-4292, Pages:1-19

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

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