Dr Rosie Leigh

NCEO Centre and Engagement ManagerRosie Leigh

Email: rg82@le.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5950

Current Role

In her current role Rosie has responsibility for Centre Management for NCEO and the NCEO Public Engagement programme and internal communications.

Active public engagement projects include EO Detective and the Climate Communication Project. Rosie is the PI of the EO Detective project, a Principia Project, which was funded by UKSA and NERC. Rosie is a Co-I on the Climate Communication Project.


Previous Public Engagement Work

Rosie has been involved in several projects, working with schools in the areas of air quality and rainfall.


UCRaiN (The UK Citizen Rainfall Network) is a collaborative outreach project between colleagues at The University of Leicester, The University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University. UCRaiN uses networks of primary schools in each city to collect and collate high resolution rain data using homemade rain gauges. Students report rain measurements daily and these are input into a central database which are used for real science.

The onus of this project is to encourage young children to become involved in citizen science from an early age to promote science as a career and to support the curriculum.

A pilot project for UCRaiN ran until the end of the 2013 academic year. The results of the pilot project were published in Weather, the article can be found here.

To get involved or for more information please contact Rosie Leigh on rg82@le.ac.uk

Cean Air 4 Schools CA4S

The aim of this project was to engage primary school children with the issue of air quality and also to make data available to members of the general public local to the deployment location. This project was funded by a 2013/14 Panton fellowship, awarded to Rosie Leigh, through the Open Knowledge Foundation. The data collected throughout this project will be made available through this web page and is free for use by interested parties.

Outreach Publications

C.L. Muller, L. Chapman, S. Johnston, C. Kidd, S. Illingworth, G. Foody, A. Overeem and R. Leigh, "Crowdsourcing for climate and atmospheric services: current status and future potential", 2014, International Journal of Climatology, in press

Samuel Michael Illingworth, Catherine Louise Muller, Rosemarie Graves and Lee Chapman, "UK Citizen Rainfall Network: a pilot study", 2014, Weather, 69:8, 203-207, DOI: 10.1002/wea.2244

Catherine Muller, S Roberts, R Wilson, J Remedios, S Illingworth, R Graves, T Trent, J Henderson, J Wilkinson and M Wilkinson, "The Blue Marble: a model for primary school STEM outreach", 2013, Phys. Educ., 48:2, 176, doi:10.1088/0031-9120/48/2/176

Previous Research Activities

Rosie was involved in a CEOI funded project to fly the University of Leicester's airborne air quality mapper alongside two CityScan instruments. The flight tok place over Leicester in early 2015 and follows on from previous work by the Air Quality Group.

PhD Research

Measuring Air Quality in Urban Environments Using a Scanning DOAS Technique

A scanning DOAS technique, CityScan, has been developed at The University of Leicester which will be used to monitor air quality in urban areas by measuring levels of NO2 and O4. It has been shown recently that O4 measurements can be used to determine aerosol properties whilst NO2 has long been considered an indicator of air quality.  This instrument will be used to study air quality in several urban areas, including Leicester, London and Bologna.  It will also be used to measure emissions from point sources.  Two CityScan instruments will be deployed in Leicester in 2011.

Air quality is an international issue which has been the subject of several European directives on pollution levels [Directive2008/50/EC of The European Parliament and Council on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (2008)]as atmospheric pollutants can have significant effects on human health, ecosystems and climate change, especially at high levels. There are many sources of atmospheric pollution both natural and anthropogenic. Natural sources include particulate matter and sulphur dioxide from volcanic eruptions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from biogenic activity which contribute to tropospheric ozone and photochemical smog.  However, the largest sources of atmospheric pollutants are products of combustion from power generation and motor vehicles including NOx (NO and NO2), CO, VOCs and particulate matter.  Hence it is becoming increasingly important to measure changes in these air pollutants especially in urban areas where these pollutants are at the highest levels.

London Air Quality Measurements

Two CityScan instruments were deployed as part of the NERC funded ClearfLo campaign in January and February 2012 and three instruments were installed in July and August. The aim of the ClearfLo project is to set up air pollution monitoring sites alongside meteorological measurements to investigate boundary layer pollution across London. Measurements were collected at street level and at elevated sites and complemented by modelling. For more information of the ClearfLo project see http://www.clearflo.ac.uk/. The elevated deployment locations of the CityScan instruments and the main campaign measurements site (North Kensington) are shown in the figure below.



A photo of one of the CityScan  instruments located on Trellick tower is also shown.


Bologna Air Quality Measurements

Two CityScan instruments were setup in Bologna, Italy during June 2012 as part of the PEGASOS campaign.  The Pan-European Gas-AeroSOls-climate interaction Study (PEGASOS) European large scale integrating project brings together most of the leading European research groups, with state-of the-art observational and modelling facilities to:
(1) Quantify the magnitude of regional to global feedbacks between atmospheric chemistry and a changing climate and to reduce the corresponding uncertainty of the major ones.
(2) Identify mitigation strategies and policies to improve air quality while limiting their impact on climate change.

A photo of one the CityScan instruments installed in Bologna is shown in the photo below.



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).

Piters, A.J.M. (73 authors), ......R.Graves, R. Leigh, et.al. "The Cabauw Intercomparison campaign for Nitrogen Dioxide measuring Instruments (CINDI): design, execution and early results", Atm. Meas. Tech., 5, 457-485, (2012).


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