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



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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