Aoife Grant

Aofie Grant
  • Position:Research Associate
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 3317042 (internal x17042)
  • Postal address: School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS, U.K.
  • Email: aoife.grant@bristol.ac.uk

Background

I studied for my undergraduate degree at University College Cork and graduated with a first class BSc(Hons) in Chemistry in 2007. I began studying for my PhD in the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group here at Bristol in 2007. My PhD was partially sponsored by the EU funded framework 6 project Eurohydros and my research focused on the study of atmospheric hydrogen (H 2), where research included: the building of instrumentation to measure this radiatively active trace gas, analysis of long-term trace gas records focussing on hydrogen and modelling of the secondary production of H 2, CO 2 and CO from hydrocarbon oxidation. I graduated from My PhD in September of 2010. After graduating I took a short break from research to work as a Chalet Host in the French Alps for the winter ski season!

Current Research

My current work focuses on the measurement and interpretation of records of the key radiatively active greenhouse gases, primarily CO2, CH4, SF6 and N2O. I am in charge of two of the four DECC UK measurement sites, one in Tacolneston, Norwich and one in Ridge Hill, Hereford. Both sites make high-frequency, high-precision measurements of CO2, CH4, SF6 and N2O. In addition, the site in Tacolneston also makes measurements of a wide range of Montreal and Kyoto Protocol gases (CFCs, HFCs, HCFCs, Halons etc.) using an AGAGE instrument called the Medusa. These are unique measurement sites as air is sampled on tall towers from heights of 50 and 100 metres above ground level. Measurements therefore reflect a much larger footprint than if sampled from 10 metres above ground level. Integrating these high-frequency measurements with a Lagrangian dispersion model run at the UK Met Office to produce emission maps of UK greenhouse gases provides vital information on the emissions of these influential and radiatively active gases.

Publications

A list of publications can be found in the Group Publications folder.