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Dr Ruben Rodriguez De Leon

My scientific interests involve the interaction between clouds and radiation. In CATE, my work is focused on developing parameterisations of the radiative effects of contrails on climate, which present particular challenges linked to their variability, their complex ice crystal shapes, and their elusiveness in terms of large scale detection.

Work Experience

Dates September 2005 – present
Position held Research Associate
Main activities and responsibilities Atmospheric radiative transfer and cloud microphysics modelling.
Name and address of employer Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester M15 6BH, United Kingdom
Type of business sector Academic

Education and Training

Dates October 1999 – May 2004
Title of qualification awarded PhD Atmospheric Physics
Name and type of organisation providing education and training Imperial College London
Dates October 1992 – May 1998
Title of qualification awarded BSc (Hons) Physics
Principal subjects/occupational skills covered Atmospheric Physics
Name and type of organisation providing education and training Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Additional Information

Selected publications
  • R. R. De León, Lee D.S., Krämer M., Thelen J.C. Sensitivity of radiative properties of persistent contrails to the ice water path. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 19927-19952, 2011
  • Rap, A., P. M. Forster, A. Jones, O. Boucher, J. M. Haywood, N. Bellouin, and R. R. De Leon (2010), Parameterization of contrails in the UK Met Office Climate Model, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D10205, doi:10.1029/2009JD012443.
  • Myhre G., Kvalevåg M., Shine K.P., Rädel G, Cook J., Clark H., Karcher F., Markowicz K., Balkanski Y., Ponater M., Forster P., Rap A., De Leon R.R.
  • R. R. De Leon and Haigh J. D., Infrared properties of cirrus clouds in climate models, Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc. 133: 273-282 (2007).

Contact Details

Centre for Aviation, Transport, and the Environment (CATE-E436)
Manchester Metropolitan University
School of Science & the Environment
John Dalton East Building, Chester Street
Manchester M1 5GD
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3656