School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Declan Finney

Now at the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in African Climate Dynamics.
Was a PhD Student in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Edinburgh
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  • I worked within the MACAQUE research group at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. My supervisors were Dr Ruth Doherty, Dr Oliver Wild, Dr Hugh Pumphrey and Prof Alan Blyth.

    My project was to study lightning as a source of NOx, a precursor for tropospheric ozone. Tropospheric ozone is an important greenhouse gas which provides the motivation for studying this area. In addition, the reactions of NOx also impact on other important components of the atmosphere such as methane and OH. The diagnosis of lightning flash frequency in global models remains a challenge and this aspect was the initial focus of my work through the development of a new lightning parameterisation. The parametrisation has been applied in a chemistry-climate model to understanding the impacts of climate change on lightning and the consequences for atmospheric chemistry and radiative forcing.


    1. Finney, D. L., Doherty R. M., Wild O., and Abraham, N. L.: The impact of lightning on tropospheric ozone chemistry using a new global lightning parametrisation, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 7507-7522, doi:10.5194/acp-16-7507-2016, 2016.

    2. Finney, D. L., Doherty R. M., Wild O., Young P. J., and Butler, A.: Response of lightning NOx emissions and ozone production to climate change: Insights from the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Model Intercomparison Project (ACCMIP), Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2016GL068825, 2016.

    3. Finney, D. L.: Good for climate, good for health, SPICe Briefing 15/40, The Scottish Parliament, 2015.

    4. Finney, D. L., Doherty R. M., Wild O., Huntrieser H., Pumphrey H. C., and Blyth, A. M.: Using cloud ice flux to parametrise large-scale lightning, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 12665-12682, doi:10.5194/acp-14-12665-2014, 2014.

    5. Finney, D. L., Blyth, E., and Ellis, R.: Improved modelling of Siberian river flow through the use of an alternative frozen soil hydrology scheme in a land surface model, The Cryosphere, 6, 859-870, doi:10.5194/tc-6-859-2012, 2012.

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