Dr David Moore

NCEO scientist

School/Department: Physics & Astronomy, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5240



I've been a member of the Earth Observation Science group for many years both as a post-graduate researcher and a post-doctoral scientist. After completing my PhD on measuring CFC replacements in the upper troposphere from MIPAS I've been involved in many research roles within the group involving numerous earth observation satellites studying various aspects of climate and air quality. Most recently I have been using earth observation satellites to understand the role of pollution caused by wildfires in the earth system.


After completing my PhD on measuring CFC replacements in the upper troposphere from MIPAS I took up a role to investigate the detection and retrieval of peroxyacetyl nitrate and acetone from MIPAS spectra. I'm a key member of the atmospheric composition sub-group and I'm also working as a research scientist within the UK National Centre for Earth Observation which is funded by the UK NERC. The NCEO is a partnership of over 100 scientists and my role focuses on analysing IASI and CrIS spectra to produce unique datasets of carbon monoxide and other volatile organic compounds which play a role in climate and air quality. The role has also incorporated many small projects including a 6-month EUMETSAT-funded project assessing methods of radiometric inter-comparison of IASI and AATSR radiances and brightness temperatures. The project provided the basis for long-term calibration benefits for both instruments extending towards the flight of the second IASI instrument and the Sentinel-3/SLSTR era. I've been an author on over 20 peer reviewed journal papers.


Nocturnal survival of isoprene linked to formation of upper tropospheric organic aerosol. DOI: 10.1126/science.abg4506

Diagnosing air quality changes in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown using TROPOMI and GEOS-Chem. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abde5d

Impact of the June 2018 Saddleworth Moor wildfires on air quality in northern England. doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab7b92

The October 2017 red sun phenomenon over the UK. doi:

Growth rates of stratospheric HCFC-22. doi:

Seasonality of Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere using the MIPAS-E instrument. doi:

ULIRS, an optimal estimation retrieval scheme for carbon monoxide using IASI spectral radiances: sensitivity analysis, error budget and simulations. doi:

Global distributions of acetone in the upper troposphere from MIPAS spectra. doi:

Observations of peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) in the upper troposphere by the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS). doi:

Level 2 processor and auxiliary data for ESA Version 8 final full mission analysis of MIPAS measurements on ENVISAT. doi:


1) remote sensing 2) retrieval techniques from satellite data 3) data visualisation

Press and media

1) extreme wildfire events (including UK fires)
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