Prof. Roland Leigh

Roland Leigh, Professor, University of Leicester. Specialises in Air quality instrumentation, monitoring and modelling.



Dr Roland Leigh

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Primary Research Areas

Air Quality Innovations

Much of my research is targeted towards impact, and the application of new innovative technologies to air quality challenges. Air Quality Innovations is a community-facing unit of the University which has been established to work with users to develop and deliver new products and services. More information can be found on the Air Quality Innovations Website.


Climate Change Adaptation Technology

The field of Climate Change Adaptation Technologies draws upon a wide range of academic and industrial disciplines to identify and create solutions to challenges created by climate change. Such challenges include implications of changes in temperature and rainfall patterns, with knock-on effects on key systems including agriculture, hydrology and atmospheric chemistry. My current research is predominantly focussed on urban management systems, with particular reference to transport and air quality.

For for information regarding air quality research, please go to the Air Quality Group Website
CityScan - The Pollution scanner
CityScan is a novel instrument developed at the University of Leicester which uses scattered sunlight to measure concentrations of nitrogen dioxide over urban environments. The instruments have been demonstated in Leicester and London in 2011/2012, and were measuring in the Po Valley in June 2012, followed by a major campaign in London during the Olympic Games as part of the NERC-funded ClearfLo campaign.

uTRAQ - Integrated traffic and air quality managment

uTRAQ is a project to develop a dynamic traffic management system for optimising use of the road network whilst meeting growing demands to sustain high standards of air quality in urban environments. The iTRAQ system was successfully demonstrated in Leicester in 2011, and development options into 2015 are currently in negotiation.

Selected Publications and Presentations

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Recent news stories

Recent article on uTRAQ

Journal Publications

DOAS and Air Quality

Roscoe, H.K. (50 authors), M. Van Roozendael, .....R. Graves, R. Leigh, et al. “Intercomparison of slant column measurements of NO2 and O4 by MaxD0AS and zenith-sky UV and visible spectrometers”, Atm. Meas. Tech. 3, 1629-1646 (2010).

Worton, D.R., C.E. Reeves, S.A. Penkett, W.T. Sturges, J. Slemr, D.E. Oram, A.Hulse, B.J. Bandy, J.R. Hopkins, J.F.Hamilton, A.C. Lewis, J.D. Lee, W.J. Bloss, J. Davey, T.J. Gravestock, S.C. Smith, T.Ingram, D.E. Heard, M.J.Jacob, R.J. Leigh, P.S. Monks, K.M. Emmerson, and N. Carslaw, 2009. Alkyl nitrate photochemistry during the tropospheric organic chemistry experiment, Atmospheric Environment, 44, 773-785,2010

Whyte, C., R. J. Leigh, D. Lobb, T. Williams, J. J. Remedios, M. Cutter, and P.S. Monks, Assessment of the performance of a compact concentric spectrometer system for Atmospheric Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2, 789-800, 2009

Kramer, L. J., R. J. Leigh, J. J. Remedios, and P. S. Monks (2008), Comparison of OMI and ground-based in situ and MAX-DOAS measurements of tropospheric nitrogen dioxide in an urban area, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D16S39, doi:10.1029/2007JD009168.

Leigh, R. J., G. K. Corlett, U. Friess, and P. S. Monks,
"Spatially resolved measurements of nitrogen dioxide in an urban environment using concurrent multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy
" Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 4751–4762, 2007".

Leigh, R. J., G. K. Corlett, U. Frieß, and P. S. Monks
A concurrent multiaxis differential optical absorption spectroscopy system for the measurement of tropospheric nitrogen dioxide
Applied Optics, 45, No. 28, 2006

A. C. Vandaele, C. Fayt, F. Hendrick, C. Hermans, F. Humbled, M. Van Roozendael, M. Gil, M. Navarro, O. Puentedura, M. Yela, G. Braathen, K. Stebel, K. Tørnkvist, P. Johnston, K. Kreher, F. Goutail, A. Mieville, J.-P. Pommereau, S. Khaikine, A. Richter, H. Oetjen, F. Wittrock, S. Bugarski, U. Frieß, K. Pfeilsticker, R. Sinreich, T. Wagner, G. Corlett, and R. Leigh An intercomparison campaign of ground-based UV-visible measurements of NO2, BrO, and OClO slant columns: Methods of analysis and results for NO2
Journal of Geophysical Reasearch, 110 D08305, doi:10.1029/2004JD005423, 2005.

Marine Chemistry

Leigh, R. J., Ball, S. M., Whitehead, J., Leblanc, C., Shillings, A. J. L., Mahajan, A. S., Oetjen, H., Dorsey, J. R., Gallagher, M., Jones, R. L., Plane, J. M. C., Potin, P., and McFiggans, G.: Measurements and modelling of molecular iodine emissions, transport and photodestruction in the coastal region around Roscoff, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 21165-21198, doi:10.5194/acpd-9-21165-2009,

Furneaux, K. L., Whalley, L. K., Heard, D. E., Atkinson, H. M., Bloss, W. J., Flynn, M. J., Gallagher, M. W., Ingham, T., Kramer, L., Lee, J. D., Leigh, R., McFiggans, G. B., Mahajan, A. S., Monks, P. S., Oetjen, H., Plane, J. M. C., and Whitehead, J. D.: Measurements of iodine monoxide at a semi polluted coastal location, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 3645-3663, doi:10.5194/acp-10-3645-2010, 2010

McFiggans, G., Bale, C. S. E., Ball, S. M., Beames, J. M., Bloss, W. J., Carpenter, L. J., Dorsey, J., Dunk, R., Flynn, M. J., Furneaux, K. L., Gallagher, M. W., Heard, D. E., Hollingsworth, A. M., Hornsby, K., Ingham, T., Jones, C. E., Jones, R. L., Kramer, L. J., Langridge, J. M., Leblanc, C., LeCrane, J.-P., Lee, J. D., Leigh, R. J., Longley, I., Mahajan, A. S., Monks, P. S., Oetjen, H., Orr-Ewing, A. J., Plane, J. M. C., Potin, P., Shillings, A. J. L., Thomas, F., von Glasow, R., Wada, R., Whalley, L. K., and Whitehead, J. D.: Iodine-mediated coastal particle formation: an overview of the Reactive Halogens in the Marine Boundary Layer (RHaMBLe) Roscoff coastal study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 2975-2999, doi:10.5194/acp-10-2975-2010,

Jones, C. E., Hornsby, K. E., Dunk, R. M., Leigh, R. J., and Carpenter, L. J.: Coastal measurements of short-lived reactive iodocarbons and bromocarbons at Roscoff, Brittany during the RHaMBLe campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 8757-8769, doi:10.5194/acp-9-8757-2009, 2009.

Lowe, D., Ryder, J., Leigh, R., Dorsey, J. R., and McFiggans, G.: Modelling multi-phase halogen chemistry in the coastal marine boundary layer: investigation of the relative importance of local chemistry vs. long-range transport, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 10, 19429-19467, doi:10.5194/acpd-10-19429-2010, 2010


Stone, D, Evans, M.J., Edwards, P. M., Commane, R., Ingham, T, Rickard, A.R., Brookes, D. M., Hopkins, J., Leigh, R. J., Lewis, A. C., Monks, P. S., Oram, D., Reeves, C. E., Stewart, D., Heard, D. E: Isoprene oxidation mechanisms: Measurements and modelling of OH and HO 2 over a South-East Asian tropical rainforest during the OP3 field campaign., Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., Volume 11, Issue 3, 2011, Pages 10343-10401

Remedios, J.J., R. J. Leigh, A. M. Waterfall, D. P. Moore, H. Sembhi, I. Parkes, J. Greenhough, M. P. Chipperfield and D. Hauglustaine.
MIPAS Reference Atmospheres and comparisons to v4.61/v4.62 MIPAS level 2 geophysical data sets.
ACPD - in online review

Tansey, K. J., J-M. Gregoire, P. Defourny, R. J. Leigh, J-F. Pekel, E. v Bogaert and E. Bartholome, A new, global, multi-annual (200-2007) burnt area product at 1 km resolution and daily intervals, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 35, No. 1, L01401, 10.1029/2007GL031567



J. J. Remedios, R. J. Leigh and P. S. Monks, Earth Observation Instrumentation Challenges in the Observation of the Land Surface, CEOI reports, Jan 2008

J. J. Remedios, R. J. Leigh and P. S. Monks, Earth Observation Instrumentation Challenges in the Observation of the Ocean, CEOI reports, Jan 2008

J. J. Remedios, R. J. Leigh and P. S. Monks, Earth Observation Instrumentation Challenges in the Observation of the Atmosphere, CEOI reports, Jan 2008

J. J. Remedios, R. J. Leigh and P. S. Monks, Earth Observation Instrumentation Challenges in the Observation of the Cryosphere, CEOI reports, Jan 2008

J. J. Remedios, R. J. Leigh and P. S. Monks, Earth Observation Instrumentation Challenges in the Observation of the Solid Earth, CEOI reports, Jan 2008

Kevin Tansey, Jean-Marie Grégoire, Jose Pereira, Pierre Defourny, Roland Leigh, Jean-François Pekel, Ana Barros, Joao Silva, Eric van Bogaert, Etienne Bartholomé, Sophie Bontemps, L3JRC - A GLOBAL, MULTI-YEAR (2000-2007) BURNT AREA PRODUCT (1 KM RESOLUTION AND DAILY TIME STEPS), Joint Research Council Reports, 2007

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