Dr Michael Barkley

Dr BarkleyLecturer in Climate Change Adaptation

MPhys (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7706

Email: mpb14@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 110, Michael Atiyah Annex

Office hours: 09:00 -- 17:00


Personal details

MPhys, PhD

I obtained both my MPhys and PhD at Leicester. My PhD focused on developing a satellite retrieval algorithm to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) from space using the SCIAMACHY instrument on board ESA's ENVISAT satellite. I then worked within the School of GeoSciences (U. Edinburgh) to map biogenic emissions from tropical ecosystesm using satellite data, and subsequently obtained a NERC Fellowship to study these process in detail. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Climate Change Adaptation in 2010.


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Science Communication

Conferences and workshops that I've presented at include:

Barkley. M. P.: Development and characterisation of a state-of-the-art GOME-2 formaldehyde air-mass factor algorithm, 7th International DOAS Workshop, Brussels, Belgium, 6-8 July, 2015. (Invited, Oral)

Barkley. M. P.: Top-down versus bottom-up isoprene emissions from the Amazon Basin, 2nd International BVOC workshop, Met Office, Exeter, UK, 9-11 June, 2013. (Oral)

Barkley. M. P.: Reconciling top-down versus bottom-up isoprene emissions from the Amazon Basin, Gordon Research Conference on "Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere", Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA, 24-29 June, 2012. (Invited, Oral)

Barkley. M. P.: Simulating Amazonian tropospheric chemistry, 2nd NCAS Atmospheric Chemistry-Climate Meeting, Oriel College, Oxford, UK, 22-23 March, 2012. (Invited, Oral)

Barkley. M. P.: Simulating Amazonian Biogenic Emissions and Tropospheric Chemistry Using a Geos-Chem Nested Grid, 5th GEOS-CHEM User Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, 2-5 May, 2011. (Oral)


Office hours: 09:00 -- 17:00

During the academic year 2015-16, my teaching activities covered:

  • Undergraduate Tutorials
  • 3rd  / 4th Physics Project Supervisor
  • 3rd  / 4th i-Science Project Supervisor
  • PA440 Directed Reading
  • PA1900 First Year Laboratory Physics
  • Climate Physics (3rd year option course # 3653)
  • Planetary Surfaces and Atmospheres (4th year option course # 4634)


Hewson, W., M. P. Barkley, G. Gonzalez Abad, H. Bosch, T. Kurosu, and R. Spurr: Development and characterisation of a state-of-the-art GOME-2 formaldehyde air-mass factor algorithm, Atms. Meas. Tech., 8, 4055-4074, 2015.

Zheng, Y., N. Unger, M. P. Barkley, and X. Yue: Relationships between photosynthesis and formaldehyde as a probe of isoprene emission, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8559-8570, 2015.

Barkley, M. P., I. De Smedt, M. Van Roozendael, T. P. Kurosu, K. Chance, A. Arneth, D. Hagberg, A. Guenther, F. Paulot, E. Marais, and J. Mao: Top-down isoprene emissions over tropical South America inferred from SCIAMACHY and OMI formaldehyde columns, J. Geophys. Res.,118, 6489-6868, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50552, 2013.

Hewson, W., H. Bosch, M. P. Barkley, and I. De Smedt: Characterisation of GOME-2 formaldehyde retrieval sensitivity, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 371–386, 2013.

Barkley, M. P., T. P. Kurosu, K. Chance, I. De Smedt, M. Van Roozendael, A. Arneth, D. Hagberg, and A. Guenther: Assessing sources of uncertainty in formaldehyde air mass factors over tropical South America: Implications for top-down isoprene emission estimates, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D13304, doi:10.1029/2011JD016827. 2012.

Barkley, M. P., P. I. Palmer, L. Ganzeveld , A. Arneth , D. Hagberg , T. Karl , A. Guenther , F. Paulot , P. Wennberg , J. Mao , T. Kurosu , K. Chance , J.-F. Muller, I. De Smedt , M. Van Roozendael , D. Chen , Y. Wang , R. Yantosca, Can a 'state of the art' chemistry transport model really simulate Amazonian tropospheric chemistry?, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D16302, doi:10.1029/2011JD015893, 2011.

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My research interests focus on the global mapping of trace gas carbon species (e.g. CO2, CH4, CO, OCS and non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) from space in order to quantifying the interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere, and to understand how these interactions impact air quality and climate.

This includes:

  • Satellite trace gas retrieval algorithms
  • Global mapping of atmospheric composition and sources using satellites
  • Differential Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS)
  • Integration of field and aircraft measurements with complex models and satellite data
  • Global and regional modelling of atmospheric chemistry
  • Biogenic VOCs emissions and their impact on climate

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