Imperial College London

Professor Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor in Earth Observation



+44 (0)20 7594 7673h.brindley




717Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests:

My primary research interest is in measuring and understanding variability in the Earth's radiation budget, both in terms of the total integrated energy and its spectral variation.  I have a particular interest in how the high resolution temporal, spatial and spectral behaviour of Earth's outgoing radiation links to the processes driving climate variability and change. As part of this work I am PI for the Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget instrument, flying on the Meteosat Second Generation of satellites, and lead UK activities related to the European Space Agency's Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) mission, currently scheduled for launch in 2027.  

I am a Divisional Director within the UK's National Centre for Earth Observation, with responsibility for research covering the Earth's energy and water cycles. 


PhD in Atmospheric Physics from the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, Imperial College London

BSc in Physics and Meteorology from the University of Reading



Shaylor M, Brindley H, Sellar A, 2022, An evaluation of two decades of aerosol optical depth retrievals from MODIS over Australia, Remote Sensing, Vol:14, ISSN:2072-4292, Pages:1-23

Warwick L, Brindley H, Di Roma A, et al., 2022, Retrieval of tropospheric water vapour from airborne far-infrared measurements: a case study, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-897X

Ben-Yami M, Oetjen H, Brindley H, et al., 2022, Emissivity retrievals with FORUM's end-to-end simulator: challenges and recommendations, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Vol:15, ISSN:1867-1381, Pages:1755-1777

Choi TH, Brindley H, Ekins-Daukes N, et al., 2021, Developing automated methods to estimate spectrally resolved direct normal irradiance for solar energy applications, Renewable Energy, Vol:173, ISSN:0960-1481, Pages:1070-1086

Mackie A, Brindley HE, Palmer PI, 2021, Contrasting observed atmospheric responses to tropical SST warming patterns, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Vol:126, ISSN:2169-897X, Pages:1-12

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