Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor in Earth Observation



+44 (0)20 7594 7673h.brindley




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



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

Choi KTH, Brindley H, 2021, COVID-19 lockdown air quality change implications for solar energy generation over China, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:16, ISSN:1748-9326, Pages:1-10

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