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The air that we breathe: An around the world tour of atmospheric chemistry

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Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Fossgate

York

YO1 9XD

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Merchant Adventurers’ Science Discovery Lecture

Air pollution, and awareness of its health impacts, has been around a long time, although most of the reactive components in the atmosphere and the chemical reactions that control them were only discovered in the 20th century. From the development of the spectrophotometer and the first measurements of total column ozone by Dobson in 1924, atmospheric chemists now have a myriad of tools to probe the atmosphere, from satellite instruments for global monitoring, airborne drones to capture chemistry from the surface to the stratosphere, miniaturized sensors for networked observations, and highly complex computer models capable of simulating thousands of chemical species and reactions. This level of information is required to address the major challenges of atmospheric chemistry today. In this talk, Professor Lucy Carpenter will describe how she and her colleagues search for changes in atmospheric composition which affect human health and climate, including recent discoveries in the science of air pollution.

Professor Lucy Carpenter

Lucy Carpenter is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of York where she is Deputy Head (Research) of the Chemistry Department. Her group's research encompasses long-term monitoring of atmospheric composition changes and the atmospheric chemistry and impact of processes in the marine atmosphere. She is the UK principal investigator of the Cape Verde Observatory (CVO) – a World Meteorological Organisation-Global Atmospheric Watch (WMO-GAW) global station, and was a lead chapter author of the WMO/UNEP 2014 and 2018 Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion, which inform the Montreal Protocol. Lucy is co-founder of the University of York atmospheric chemistry group (Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory, WACL), now the largest in the UK. Her research has been recognised by several awards and in 2019 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

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