School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Staff Profile

Dr Paola Crippa

L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellow and Research Associate (COMET project)


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L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellow

Professional Appointments

2014-today: Research Associate, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, UK.     Supervisors: Prof. Zhenhong Li and Prof. Geoff Wadge (University of Reading)

2013-2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.    Supervisors: Prof. Georgyi L. Stenchikov and Marc G. Genton


2013: PhD in Atmospheric Science, Dept of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.      Thesis: Understanding the sources, scales and fate of ultrafine particles. Advisor: Prof. Sara C. Pryor

2007: MSc in Environmental Engineering, Dept of Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.  Advisor: Dr. Giovanni Lonati

2005: BSc in Environmental Engineering, Dept of Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.  Advisor: Prof. Michele Giugliano


Research Interests:

I am an atmospheric scientist with a background in atmospheric chemistry and aerosol modelling. In my research I aim at improving understanding of processes responsible for new particle formation (NPF) and growth in the atmosphere, and at quantifying the spatial scales of these events, to possibly reduce their impacts on human health and the Earth’s climate.

To investigate these topics, I integrate box model and regional model (WRF-Chem) simulations of aerosol dynamics with ground-based measurements and remotely-sensed observations of aerosol properties (e.g. size distribution, chemical and optical properties) and of atmospheric chemical species. I am also exploring the possibility of predicting ultrafine particle concentrations based on a statistically-based algorithm and satellite retrievals.

I am also interested in further investigating NPF processes after the occurrence of large explosive volcanic eruptions, with focus on sulphate aerosol formation processes and transport along the equatorial belt with WRF-Chem to quantify the radiative heat exchange due to the presence of large amount of sulphur dioxide and sulphate aerosols.

Since my appointment at Newcastle University, I have been working within the LICS (Look inside the continents from Space) project, and my research is funded by the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET+). In this context my research focuses on implementing and evaluating tropospheric delay correction methods for Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) data based on high resolution Numerical Weather Model output. I am currently using simulated results from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), run globally at 16 km resolution and apply it to InSAR measurements from the recently launched Sentinel-1 satellite.


2013 Yuhan Chen, MS (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)