PAOC Spotlights

Introducing Atmospheric Chemist Prof. Colette Heald

Fri April 20th, 2012
Helen Hill

Professor Colette Heald is interested in global atmospheric composition and chemistry, and interactions of these with the biosphere and climate system, including the study of both particles and gases in the troposphere, their sources, sinks, transformations, long range transport and environmental impacts. Using observations of the atmosphere at all scales: from ground stations, aircraft campaigns and satellite sensors with global models of chemistry and climate, she works at the intersection of modeling and observational analysis, with a strong emphasis on the integration of the two.

In this short video, Heald talks about the research questions she is working on and the techniques she uses.

Professor Heald received her BS in Engineering Physcs from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (she is originally Canadian), in 2000, and a PhD (2005) in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard where she worked with Professor Daniel J. Jacob on the use of satellite observations of atmospheric composition to quantify the sources and intercontinental export of pollutants. Most recently, after spending two years at the University California Berkeley as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow where she focused on the sources and climate sensitivity of organic aerosols, Heald was an assistant professor in the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State.

Welcome to PAOC Prof. Heald.

Related Links:

Atmospheric Chemistry & Composition @ MIT

Recent Publications:

Ford, B. and C.L. Heald (2012), An A-Train and model perspective on the vertical distribution of aerosols and CO in the Northern Hemisphere, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D06211, doi:10.1029/2011JD016977

Ridley, D.A., C.L. Heald, B. Ford (2012) North African Dust Export and Impacts: A Satellite and Model Perspective, JGR, 117, D02202, doi:10.1029/2011JD016794

Lamarque, J.-F., L.K. Emmons, P.G. Hess, D.E. Kinnison, S. Tilmes, F. Vitt, C.L. Heald, E.A. Holland, P. H. Lauritzen, J. Neu, J. Orlando, P. Rasch, G. Tyndall (2012) CAM-chem: description and evaluation of interactive atmospheric chemistry in CESM, GMD, 5, 369-411, doi:10.5194/gmd-5-369-2012

Heald, C.L., H. Coe, J.L. Jimenez, R.J. Weber, R. Bahreini, A.M. Middlebrook, L.M. Russell, M. Jolleys, T.-M. Fu, J.D. Allan, K.N. Bower, G. Capes, J. Crosier, W.T. Morgan, N.H. Robinson, P.I. Williams, M.J. Cubison, P.F. DeCarlo, E.J. Dunlea (2011), Exploring the vertical profile of atmospheric organic aerosol: Comparing 17 aircraft field campaigns with a global model, Atmos. Chem. and Phys., 11, 12673-12696, doi:10.5194/acp-11-12673-2011