School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences



A. Anthony Bloom

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Terrestrial Carbon Cycling

Research Focus

There are currently big unknowns in the global carbon budget terms and their response to a changing climate. The focus of my work is to understand the global-scale controls on biogenic CO2 and CH4 fluxes. In my current research position, I combine a simple model representation of ecosystem carbon dynamics with a multitude of data-streams, including satellite, eddy-covariance flux-tower and plant trait data in order to decipher the dynamics of the terrestrial carbon cycle.

Research Interest

  • Satellite-based estimates of the key global carbon cycle fluxes
  • Using model-data-fusion approaches to constrain ecosystem carbon dynamics
  • Global CH4 production variability in wetlands and rice paddies
  • The role of biomass burning in the global carbon budget dynamics


Bloom, A. A., Palmer, P. I., Fraser, A., and Reay, D. S.: Seasonal variability of tropical wetland CH4 emissions: the role of the methanogen-available carbon pool, Biogeosciences, 9, 2821-2830, doi:10.5194/bg-9-2821-2012, 2012.

Bloom A.A., Lee-Taylor J., Sasha Madronich, Messenger D.J.,Palmer P.I.,Reay D.S., McLeod A.R., Global methane emission estimates from ultraviolet irradiation of terrestrial plant foliage. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03259.x, 2010.

Bloom A.A., Palmer P.I., Fraser A., Reay D.S., Frankenberg C. Large-scale controls of methanogenesis inferred from methane and gravity spaceborne data. Science 327:322–325, 2010

Bloom A., Kotroni V., Lagouvardos K. Climate change impact of wind energy availability in the Eastern Mediterranean using the regional climate model PRECIS, Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Science, 8, 1249– 1257, 2008.

Brooks et al. (including A. Anthony Bloom) Physical Exchanges at the Air–Sea Interface: UK–SOLAS Field Measurements. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2009 90:5, 629-644, 2009.

Bloom, A. A., Hill, T. C., Ryan, C. M., Mitchard, E. T. A., Woollen, E., Williams., M.: Consistency of recent satellite-based above-ground biomass estimates: a test case in an African woodland, 2013 (in review)

Hill, T. C., Williams M., Bloom, A. A., Mitchard, E., and Ryan, C.: Are inventory based and remotely sensed above-ground biomass estimates consistent? 2013 (in press)


2007-2011: PhD, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Satellite based estimates of biogenic CH4 emissions.

2006-2007: MRes Physics of The Earth and Atmosphere - University of Leeds, Leeds, UK Research Project: Analysing and Modelling Air-Sea CO2 Fluxes in the North Atlantic

2002-2006: MSci Earth and Space Science: UCL, London, UK. Research Project: Spatiospectral Analysis of the Earth's Gravity Field using Multitaper Techniques