Dr Grant Allen - personal details
After studying for MPhys - Physics with Space Science at Leicester University, I completed a PhD thesis (2005) on satellite remote sensing of peroxyacetyl nitrate from the MIPAS FTIR instrument on Envisat at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester. In 2005, I began post-doctoral post at the University of Leicester with the Earth Observation Science Group, where I worked on the retrieval of polar stratospheric clouds from IASI and TES satellite data.
In late 2005, I joined the SEAES, University of Manchester, as a post-doctoral researcher on the international ACTIVE project to investigate thunderstorm, monsoon and synoptic-scale dynamics and their impacts on trace gas redistribution and chemistry in the Darwin, Australia region.
In 2008, I joined the VOCALS project as project coordinator, investigating the complex interactions between the Walker circulation, coastal and marine aerosol sources, ocean currents, and Andean topography, to characterise their influence on stratocumulus cloud properties in the South East Pacific - a key region for the Earth's changing radiative budget.
In 2011, I was awarded a NERC Fellowship to develop novel airborne remote sensing techniques for atmospheric composition monitoring with a focus on aircraft measurements around London during the ClearfLo project using the prestigious NERC FAAM aircraft (www.faam.ac.uk). This resulted in the first quantified airborne flux snapshots of greenhouse gases from the London area en masse for the first time (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013JD021269/abstract).
Also in 2011, I joined the MAMM project as co-I and aircraft work package manager to investigate potential source strengths of Arctic methane and other greenhouse gases in this important and rapidly changing environment (http://www.atmos-chem-phys-discuss.net/14/8455/2014/acpd-14-8455-2014.html).
In 2012, I joined the NERC GAUGE thematic programme consortium (with universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Leicester, Leeds, Bristol, CEH, Met Office and others) as Manchester PI and aircraft work package manager. In this project, I will lead FAAM aircraft campaigns in summer 2014 to attempt the first top-down validation of UK national Greenhouse gas inventories.
Current work includes projects with the UK Environment Agency to develop novel drone technology for regulatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from hotspot areas.