Dr Neil Humpage

Postdoctoral Research Associate

School/Department: Physics & Astronomy, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 294 4573



My background is in atmospheric physics, having studied for an MPhys in physics at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, followed by a PhD in atmospheric physics at Imperial College London. Since moving to the Earth Observation Science group at the University of Leicester I have worked on a number of projects focusing on ground-based and airborne instrumentation for the remote sensing of atmospheric composition. My current interest is in remote sensing observations of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere.


I am currently working on the NERC project DARE-UK (Detection and Attribution of Regional greenhouse gas Emissions in the UK), processing and working with ground-based observations of greenhouse gas column concentrations from three locations across London to help constrain and quantify the city's carbon emissions. I was also recently involved in another NERC project called MOYA (Methane Observations Yearly Assessments) for which I set up and made similar measurements from a site in Uganda to help improve our understanding of the carbon cycle in tropical Africa.



Humpage et al. GreenHouse gas Observations of the Stratosphere and Troposphere (GHOST): an airborne shortwave-infrared spectrometer for remote sensing of greenhouse gases, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5199-5222,, 2018.

Palmer et al. A measurement-based verification framework for UK greenhouse gas emissions: an overview of the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (16). 11753-11777., 2018.

Harris et al. Coordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics (CAST). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 145-162,, 2017.

Sonderfeld et al. CH4 emission estimates from an active landfill site inferred from a combined approach of CFD modelling and in situ FTIR measurements,  Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3931-3946,, 2017.

Fox et al. Analysis of far-infrared spectral radiance observations of the water vapor continuum in the Arctic, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 155, 57-65,, 2015.

Battaglia et al. G-band atmospheric radars: new frontiers in cloud physics, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 321-375,, 2014.

Harrison et al. Mid-infrared absorption cross sections for acetone (propanone), Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 112, 457-464,, 2011.



I would be willing to provide co-supervision on:
- Remote sensing and in-situ measurements of atmospheric composition;
- Using observations (ground-base, airborne and satellite) to investigate greenhouse gas emissions.


I am happy to provide undergraduate (Physics, Natural Sciences) and masters (Satellite Data Science) project co-supervision, in addition to summer research projects, on:
- Remote sensing and in-situ measurements of atmospheric composition;
- Using observations (ground-base, airborne and satellite) to investigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Press and media

I'm willing to be contacted by journalists about:
- New technologies for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions;
- Ongoing measurements around the UK to quantify our carbon emissions footprint;
- The global carbon cycle, and how observations from space and from the ground can help us to better understand it.
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