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Research

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Trees emit gases, known as biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), into the air. It is these gases that give forests their characteristic 'piney' smell.

 

The aim of my research is to understand how these BVOCs affect the air around us by taking part in atmospheric chemistry and the formation and growth of particles.

 

The presence of particles in the atmosphere helps cloud droplets to form. But, some particles are better at doing this than others. This is important because the number of cloud droplets in a cloud determines its brightness (i.e., how much incoming sunlight it will reflect back to space). Particles in the atmosphere can also affect the climate by interacting directly with the incoming sunlight.

 

See PUBLICATIONS for a list of journal articles on this topic