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Dr. David W. Fahey

Dr. Fahey manages a premier federal laboratory in the US which conducts research in atmospheric chemical sciences. He has over 35 years of combined research and management experience with NOAA. His team of 100+ researchers and support staff address the topics of stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change and air quality. Their focus is on observing and understanding the chemical, dynamical and radiative processes that control atmospheric composition and underlie stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change and air quality. The research is conducted with a variety of tools and methods involving laboratory and modeling studies, along with field observations on the ground and onboard research aircraft.

Dr. Fahey participates in a wide variety of scientific assessments and communication activities. He is a member of the Scientific Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and a lead author of the 2017 Climate Science Special Report of the US National Climate Assessment. Dr. Fahey’s awards include Silver and Bronze Medals for Meritorious Federal Service from the U. S. Department of Commerce, the Henry G. Houghton Award from the American Meteorological Society, and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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Dr Michael Bennett

Since obtaining a PhD in theoretical physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge in 1978, Dr Bennett has worked on the dispersion of atmospheric pollution, initially with the electrical generation industry and, for the last 20 years, in academia. Having started with theoretical approaches to calculating environmental impact, he became increasingly involved with the acquisition of field data to validate regulatory models. Since the late 1980’s he has been involved with the application of remote sensing (Lidar, Sodar) to these issues.

In a series of papers in the early 1990’s, was able to define precisely the parameters involved in describing buoyant plume rise from an industrial source.  These data were used in validating the UK regulatory dispersion model.  Since 2005, he has applied these techniques to the modelling of air quality around airports, in particular in a series of Lidar field trials at Heathrow, Manchester and Cranfield airports.

He now has 70 academic publications. These include recent reviews of air quality and its management around European airports.

Dr Simon Christie

Dr Christie studied at UMIST in Manchester, obtaining his PhD in optical sensor technology in 1990.  He then spent 15 years as a research fellow, gaining experience in associated techniques (lasers, electronics, computing). Having a keen interest in aviation, he also obtained a private pilot’s licence. In 2005, he joined Dr Bennett at the University of Manchester in studying dispersion of pollution from commercial aircraft.

He moved to CATE with Dr Bennett in 2007 and has since worked on many aspects of aviation and the environment. In particular, he has worked closely with our European colleagues in the ECATS network.

Dr Delia Dimitriu

Dr Delia Dimitriu is considered  one of the world’s leading authorities on aviation’s environmental impact, with focus on sustainability. Her main activity is conducted in C-E Europe and Asia.

Delia has an interesting background in infrastructure related projects, environmental management for business community, policy instruments and decision making process.

She has particular interest in climate change related to aviation sector: EU/ETS, offset programmes, carbon footprint and fuel management. Delia was part of a team that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on climate change and is a member of the  IPCC Fifth Assessment Report; WG3-Mitigation, Chapter 8-Transport (2010-2014).

Currently she is working with Airbus CE to research the feasibility of commercialising bio-fuel made from several feedstocks. The sustainability assessment and LCA are an important part of this work. Delia’s  most important work related to this proposal is the project Romanian camelina value chain, in which she is required to prove the sustainability of the chain from agricultural aspect to technology and aeronautical phase.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah’s enthusiasm lies in the environmental sector, particularly the physical scientific, geological and climatic aspects of this field. Sarah studied meteorology during her undergraduate studies and have since researched both current and plaeo-climate change in more depth during her Master course.

Sarah’s doctorate is set to investigate the effects of aviation on tropospheric chemistry, specifically the ozone and NOx, using the MOZART-4 climate model.

Sarah is a member of the Royal Meteorological Society and attends their lectures.

Graeme Heyes

Graeme joined CATE in April of 2012 to begin his PhD in the area of airport retail and specifically the environmental impacts of this robust and growing sector. Graeme has a strong history of academic study in the Environment, with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science awarded by the University of Leeds, and a distinction graded Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University. The later qualification saw Graeme work in partnership with The Football League Trust, Business in the Community, and The Environment Agency to identify the current best environmental practice found in the English Football Leagues, as well as identifying how the sector may move towards a vision of environmental sustainability.

Supplementing his academic background, Graeme has experience of working in a number of environmental roles for organisations such as Groundwork, the NUS, and more recently Keep Britain Tidy, where he was responsible for the organisations environmental commitments, as well as project managing a range of projects for external clients.

Graeme hopes to be able to make a significant contribution to the challenge of climate change and the idea of sustainable development over his career and is due to complete his thesis in 2015.

Rosie May Hollins

Rosie’s research interests include sustainable development and transport planning, particularly the integration of sustainable transport networks. Her research at CATE gives her the opportunity to cover a wide range of issues including:

  • The CO2 implications of air and rail transport
  • Factors influencing transport demand and load factors
  • Future technological and operational developments in air and rail transport and their impacts on the environment
  • The UK electricity generation mix and its impacts on transport emissions

Rosie’s undergraduate teaching experience at Manchester Metropolitan University has given her the opportunity to attain skills in curriculum development and course management. Rosie’s curriculum development material has focussed on global sustainability issues such as animal ethics and systems thinking. The work has also allowed her to develop her knowledge in urban planning and sustainability issues surrounding farming and food.

Rosie’s work at the Denis Wilson Business Group allowed her to gain invaluable experience on transport planning from a business perspective. It was here that she developed skills on producing travel plans and transport assessments for a range of organisations and groups in society, ranging from housing estates to health clubs.

Between her employment at the Denis Wilson Business Group and the NHS, Rosie took some time out to go travelling in Asia and Australia. This experience broadened her understanding of the world, experiencing various cultures and ways of life was a challenge that developed her confidence and communication skills.

Professor Paul Hooper

Professor Paul Hooper is Head of Enterprise Development in the School of Research, Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University. His work contributes to the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment. Following a two year research assistantship sponsored by the ESRC at the University of Manchester, Paul was appointed Temporary Lecturer in Geography at Keel University in 1992. This post was recreated to service the newly established degree in Environmental Management and required a range of inputs to pollution control, environmental policy, business and the environment units. After this period Paul was appointed to his present post in 1994. This has allowed him to develop and extend his teaching and research interests in the areas of environmental management, corporate environmental & social responsibility, clean technology, and sustainable development policy and practice.

Currently, he is PT NW Regional Director for the National HE STEM Programme (2009-2012) and Faculty Enterprise Champion. The former role involves him in the leadership and management of the £21 million HEFCE funded project to enhance the delivery of STEM graduates in key Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects and encourage HE involvement in up-skilling those in work to the benefit of UK plc. As Head of Enterprise Development he leads efforts to increasing enterprise activity across the Faculty of Science and Engineering through evaluation of current practice, strategic planning and implementation of activities to widen staff engagement and heighten market responsiveness.

William Kensdale

William is a Research Assistant at CATE with a BSc (hons) in Zoology from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests include the implementation of Environmental Management Systems, sustainable aviation, the sustainability of emerging value chains. His current work at CATE gives him the opportunity to assess the economic, social and environmental sustainability of aviation biofuel value chains in Australia, China, India and Romania.

William recently started a PhD research to investigate the implications of climate change for the future development of the aviation industry, Airbus more specifically. The outcomes of this research will hopefully offer new routes for the sustainable development of the rapidly growing aviation industry.

Professor David Lee

I am Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Centre for Aviation, Transport, and the Environment (CATE), a premium research group within Manchester Metropolitan University. My background is in atmospheric science, and I have specialized in climate science for the last 12 years. I have considerable scientific project and personnel management experience, and have led large multi-institutional projects. I have a strong interest and skills in developing links between science and policy, and work at an international level.

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.