Prof. Simon O'Doherty

Dr Simon O'Doherty
  • Position: Professor¬† of Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 9289186 (internal 89186)
  • Postal address: School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS, U.K.
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I have been part of the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol since 1986 initially as a student then as a member of staff (1991). Over the past 20 years I have helped establish a world leading research group working in the field of Atmospheric Chemistry. I have developed novel instrumentation (as part of the (AGAGE) project) that allows analysis of a range of atmospherically important gases regulated under the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols. This instrumentation has been installed into many remote research stations around the world (Mace Head, Ireland; Cape Grim, Tasmania; Jungfraujoch, Switzerland; Ny Alesund, Norway, Mt. Cimone, Italy to name a few.

Research Interests

My main area of research is concerned with observations of CH4, N2O, CO2, O3, SF6, pefluorocarbons (PFCs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and their replacement compounds, the hydrochlorofluorocarbons and the hydrofluorocarbons (HCFC's and HFC's) in the atmosphere, and estimation of emissions of these compounds in order to independently verify country submissions to the UNFCCC. This work is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)/National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As a member of the Advanced Global Gases Experiment (AGAGE) team, I am principal scientist in charge of two of the five AGAGE research stations (Ireland and Barbados). AGAGE is one of only two groups in the world making ground based global measurements of these compounds. This area of research has expanded with an EU funded project called System of the Observation of Greenhouse Gases in Europe (SOGE) and Asia (SOGE-A) .


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