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Michael Flynn


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I am currently a senior experimental officer with responsibility for development of instrumentation, prior to my current post I was an FGAM instrument scientist with a primary responsibility for cloud physics instrumentation. I have been employed at The University of Manchester since completing my PhD in 1999.

I am a Co-I on MC4, a NERC project to study the effects of composition and mixing state on black carbon properties, using the newly-developed soot particle (SP) AMS in conjunction with an SP2, Aethalometer, and Photoacoustic Soot Photometer (PASS). I am also a Co-I on a NERC project to develop a novel thermal denuder for the study of the volatile organic component of atmospheric aerosol.

My recent work has included development of a relaxed eddy accumulation system for measurement of surface fluxes of trace gas species; design, construction and documentation for instrument installation on the FAAM BAe146 aircraft; work with the Manchester Ice Nucleus Chamber; extensive work with the single particle soot photometer and other soot particle instruments; and development of software and design of hardware for the new Whitworth Meteorological Observatory which was installed during autumn 2010. Over the years I have been extensively involved in a large number of UK and international field projects including: ACE-ASIA, ACE2, ACTIVEAPPRAISE-CLOUDSBIOGENICECITYFLUXCLACE 2-6COBRAEMERALD 1 and 2, GRAMINAE, Holme Moss, NAMBLEX, OP3REPARTEE 1 and 2RHAMBLE, TORCH 1 and 2, and VOCALS.

Research interests

Cloud microphysics, atmospheric aerosol, surface atmosphere exchange, soot particles, ice nuclei, instrument development.

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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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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