Personal profile


I am an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on the interaction between solar radiation, clouds and the cryosphere. This encompasses both large scales, to better understand how spatial and temporal variability of clouds affects the amount of solar radiation reaching the surface, with particular implications for the cryosphere, and microscales, where radiative scattering feeds into applications such as satellite retrievals and remote sensing. I was a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester until 2018 and am currently working on the Lost Meteorites of Antarctica project. I read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (B.A. and M.Sc.) and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from UMIST.


University of Cambridge, Robinson College [1994–1998]
BA and MSc Honours Degree in Natural Science (Physical): First / 2:1
Robinson College Scholar

UMIST, Manchester [1999–2003]
PhD investigating the spectral scattering properties of cloud types

Research interests


• Radiative impacts and remote sensing of the cryosphere

• Radiative properties and remote sensing of clouds 

• Scattering, cloud morphologies, spatial and temporal variability

• Atmospheric retrievals, solar radiative transfer measurements and modelling


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate researching radiative transfer and scattering in the atmosphere and cryosphere. Some recent research projects include:

Lost Meteorites of Antarctica [2018–date]
Responsible for geophysical modelling, spatial and data analysis for project expeditions. Projects aims to find a predicted layer of meteorites hidden under the surface of ice sheets due to solar heating. 

DEFRA UV and Ozone Baseline Measurements [2003–2018]
Responsible for the continued operation, instrument calibration and data analysis for Manchester and Reading surface radiation and ozone monitoring sites. These two sites underpin the UK's monitoring commitment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, by monitoring stratopsheric ozone and spectral ultraviolet radiation, together with ancillary radiation measurements.

EPSRC Analytic Scattering project; Industrial RT investigations [2015–2017]
I was involved in a number of industrial projects investigating the implication of small-scale scattering by clouds and fog for visibility in the transport sector. Additionally I have been involved with a colloborative project that attempts to better describe scattering by crystal morphologies.

EMRP SolarUV EURAMET funded project [2012–2014]
In 2012 I was awarded a Researcher Excellence Grant to apply DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectroradiometry) retrieval techniques to an in-house array spectrometer system in a monitoring scenario.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Areas of expertise

  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Solar radiation
  • Atmosphere
  • Cryosphere


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  • Overview of The Lost Meteorites of Antarctica Field Campaigns

    Joy, K., Smedley, A., MacArthur, J., Van Verre, W., Marsh, L., Rose, M., Harvey, T., Tartese, R., Jones, R. H., Abrahams, I., Wilson, J. W., Peyton, A., Gerrish, L., Baum, J., Raymond, G., Taylor, R. & Evatt, G., 1 Feb 2024, In: Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

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  • An Unprecedented Arctic Ozone Depletion Event During Spring 2020 and Its Impacts Across Europe

    Petkov, B. H., Vitale, V., Carlo, P. D., Drofa, O., Mastrangelo, D., Smedley, A. R. D., Diémoz, H., Siani, A. M., Fountoulakis, I., Webb, A. R., Bais, A., Kift, R., Rimmer, J., Casale, G. R., Hansen, G. H., Svendby, T., Pazmiño, A., Werner, R., Atanassov, A. M., Láska, K., & 19 othersBacker, H. D., Mangold, A., Köhler, U., Velazco, V. A., Stübi, R., Solomatnikova, A., Pavlova, K., Sobolewski, P. S., Johnsen, B., Goutail, F., Mišaga, O., Aruffo, E., Metelka, L., Tóth, Z., Fekete, D., Aculinin, A. A., Lupi, A., Mazzola, M. & Zardi, F., 16 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 128, 3, e2022JD037581.

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  • The Winchcombe Fireball—that Lucky Survivor

    McMullan, S., Vida, D., Devillepoix, H., Rowe, J., Daly, L., King, A., Cupak, M., Howie, R. M., Sansom, E., Shober, P. M., Towner, M., Anderson, S., McFadden, L., Horák, J., Smedley, A., Joy, K., Shuttleworth, A., Colas, F., Zanda, B., O'Brien, A. C., & 14 othersMcMullan, I., Suttle, A., Suttle, M. D., Campbell‐Burns, P., Kacerek, R., Bassom, R., Bosley, S., Fleet, R., Jones, D., McIntyre, M., James, N., Robson, D., Bland, P. & Collins, G., 10 May 2023, In: Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 21 p.

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  • The Winchcombe meteorite, a unique and pristine witness from the outer solar system

    King, A. J., Daly, L., Rowe, J., Joy, K. H., Greenwood, R. C., Devillepoix, H. A. R., Suttle, M. D., Chan, Q. H. S., Russell, S. S., Bates, H. C., Bryson, J. F. J., Clay, P. L., Vida, D., Lee, M. R., O’Brien, Á., Hallis, L. J., Stephen, N. R., Tartèse, R., Sansom, E. K., Towner, M. C., & 104 othersCupak, M., Shober, P. M., Bland, P. A., Findlay, R., Franchi, I. A., Verchovsky, A. B., Abernethy, F. A. J., Grady, M. M., Floyd, C. J., Van Ginneken, M., Bridges, J., Hicks, L. J., Jones, R. H., Mitchell, J. T., Genge, M. J., Jenkins, L., Martin, P. E., Sephton, M. A., Watson, J. S., Salge, T., Shirley, K. A., Curtis, R. J., Warren, T. J., Bowles, N. E., Stuart, F. M., Nicola, L. D., Györe, D., Boyce, A. J., Shaw, K. M. M., Elliott, T., Steele, R. C. J., Povinec, P., Laubenstein, M., Sanderson, D., Cresswell, A., Jull, A. J. T., Sýkora, I., Sridhar, S., Harrison, R. J., Willcocks, F. M., Harrison, C. S., Hallatt, D., Wozniakiewicz, P. J., Burchell, M. J., Alesbrook, L. S., Dignam, A., Almeida, N. V., Smith, C. L., Clark, B., Humphreys-Williams, E. R., Schofield, P. F., Cornwell, L. T., Spathis, V., Morgan, G. H., Perkins, M. J., Kacerek, R., Campbell-Burns, P., Colas, F., Zanda, B., Vernazza, P., Bouley, S., Jeanne, S., Hankey, M., Collins, G. S., Young, J. S., Shaw, C., Horak, J., Jones, D., James, N., Bosley, S., Shuttleworth, A., Dickinson, P., McMullan, I., Robson, D., Smedley, A. R. D., Stanley, B., Bassom, R., McIntyre, M., Suttle, A. A., Fleet, R., Bastiaens, L., Ihász, M. B., McMullan, S., Boazman, S. J., Dickeson, Z. I., Grindrod, P. M., Pickersgill, A. E., Weir, C. J., Suttle, F. M., Farrelly, S., Spencer, I., Naqvi, S., Mayne, B., Skilton, D., Kirk, D., Mounsey, A., Mounsey, S. E., Mounsey, S., Godfrey, P., Bond, L., Bond, V., Wilcock, C., Wilcock, H. & Wilcock, R., 16 Nov 2022, In: Science Advances. 8, 46, eabq3925.

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  • Design and construction of a bespoke system for the detection of buried, iron-rich meteorites in Antarctica

    Wilson, J. W., Marsh, L., Van Verre, W., Rose, M., Evatt, G., Smedley, A. & Peyton, A., 1 Feb 2020, In: Antarctic Science. 32, 1, p. 58-69 12 p.

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