Chemel, Dr Charles

Senior Research Scientist in Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Science


University of Leeds

Fairbairn House

71-75 Clarendon Road



+44 113 343 6408  

Dr Chemel is a physicist specialising in atmospheric science. He gained his PhD in 2005 at Joseph Fourier University, France, with a study of the atmospheric boundary layer over complex terrain. On completion of his PhD, he was retained as a fixed-term lecturer at Joseph Fourier University. In 2006 he came to the UK as a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2009 he joined the National Centre of Atmospheric Science (NCAS) as a research scientist. In 2021 he moved to NCAS Headquarters at the University of Leeds as a senior research scientist.

One practical goal of Dr Chemel’s research is to enhance our predictive capability of environmental hazards and associated impacts. The focus of his research is on surface and atmospheric boundary-layer processes and their interactions with larger-scale weather, which lead under certain conditions to environmental hazards (e.g. air pollution and fog/haze/smog). This fundamental research involves theoretical modelling, analysis of detailed numerical model simulations of physical processes, and directed analyses of observations. This work underpins the development of state-of-the-science atmospheric numerical models, which integrate our understanding of the various processes acting on the atmosphere and allow prediction of the past, present and future state of the atmosphere. By its very nature, his research is often collaborative and multidisciplinary, bringing together areas of (atmospheric) physics, and draws upon expertise both nationally and internationally.


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