Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr. Ruth Doherty

Department / group: School of Geosciences / contemporary climate research group
Personal URL: Not available

Research interests:

-Modelling atmospheric composition and air quality at global and regional scales: climate-chemistry interactions, intercontinental transport of air pollution

-Air quality and human health impacts

-Climate change/variability and its influence on air pollution and human health

Career history:

2014 – Present: Reader, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2011 – 2014: Senior Lecturer, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2006 – 2011: Lecturer, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Oct 2002 -2006: Research Fellow, Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Sep 2000 – Sep 2002: Visiting Scientist, Environmental and Societal Impacts Group, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA.

Oct 1998 – Aug 2000: Senior Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

May 1997 – 1998: Research Associate, Centre for Climate Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

Jan 1996 – Apr 1997: Senior Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

1994-1995: MSc with Distinction in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

1990-1994: PhD Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Active research projects:

-A new integrated decision-making tool for urban health and policy evaluation QCumber-envHealth

-Air Pollution Impacts on Cardiopulmonary Disease in Beijing: An integrated study of Exposure Science, Toxicogenomics and Environmental Epidemiology

-An Integrated Study of AIR Pollution PROcesses in Beijing (AIRPRO)

-Coupled Urban and Regional proceses: Effects on AIR quality (NERC) CureAir

-Air pollution and Weather-related health impacts: methodological study based on Spatio-temporally disaggregated multi-pollutant models for present-day and future (AWESOME) (multi institutional NERC EEHI initiative). In this project we use the EMEP4UK model. See also our previous project: Impacts of Future Environmental Change on Climate- and Air Pollution-Mediated Human Health and HPA report on health effects of climate change in the UK.(NERC Environment and Human Health).

-Task Force on Hemispheric transport of Air pollution: phase II climate change impacts on air pollution

-Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Model Intercomparison Project (ACCMIP)

-Lightning and tropospheric ozone in global models: present-day and future (PhD student: Declan Finney)

-Investigation of the climate-related dynamics of ammonia emission, dispersion & deposition (PhD student: Andrea Moring)

-Impacts of emission control policies and climate change on air quality over Europe (PhD student: Jamie Kelly)

-Air Pollution control measures and Climate Change effects on Multi-Pollutants and their Health Impacts (PhD student: Sara Fenech)

Recent publications:

Malkin, T.L., Heard, D. E., Hood, C., Stocker, J., Carruthers, D., MacKenzie, I. A., Doherty, R. M., Vieno, M and Whalley, L. K., (2016) Assessing chemistry schemes and constraints in air quality models used to predict ozone in London against the detailed Master Chemical Mechanism scheme, Faraday Discussions, DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00218D

Móring, A., Vieno, M., Doherty, R. M., Laubach, J., Taghizadeh-Toosi, A., and Sutton, M. A. (2015) A process-based model for ammonia emission from urine patches, GAG (Generation of Ammonia from Grazing): description, validation and sensitivity analysis, Biogeosciences Discuss., 12, 10059-10113, doi:10.5194/bgd-12-10059-2015.

Colette, A., Andersson, C., Baklanov, A., Bessagnet, B., Brandt, J., Christensen, J. H., Doherty, R., Engardt, M., Geels,C., Giannakopoulos, C., Hedegaard, G., Katragkou, E., Langner, J., Lei, H., Manders, A., Melas,D., Meleux,F., Rouïl, L., Sofiev, M., Soares, J., Stevenson, D. S., Tombrou-Tzella, M., Varotsos, K. V., and P. Young (2015), On the robustness of the ozone climate penalty in Europe, Environ. Res. Lett., 10, 084015 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084015.

Knowland, K. E., Doherty, R. M., and Hodges, K. I. (2015) The effects of springtime mid-latitude storms on trace gas composition determined from the MACC reanalysis, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 3605-3628, doi:10.5194/acp-15-3605-2015.

Karali, E., Brunner, B., Doherty, R., Hersperger, A.M. and M.D.A. Rounsevell. (2014) Identifying the factors that influence farmer participation in environmental management practices in Switzerland. Human Ecology, Human Ecology, 2014, 42, 951-963: doi:10.1007/s10745-014-9701-5.

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