Biography

My research focuses on biogeochemical cycles of climatically important species in the atmosphere and ocean. I investigate the processes governing their distributions and budgets using numerical model simulations (global and regional) together with available measurements (land-based, aircraft, shipboard and satellite). My Ph.D thesis work, at Princeton University, focused on the processes governing marine nitrogen cycling and the ocean-to-atmosphere N2O flux. I then moved to the Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling group at Harvard to conduct research into aspects of the global carbon cycle, including (a) applying ‘top-down’ inverse analyses to quantify land and ocean carbon fluxes to the atmosphere, and (b) evaluating the potential value of measurements of other atmospheric trace species with similar sources and sinks (e.g., CO, COS) to constrain estimates of CO2 fluxes to the atmosphere. 

I have recently completed an RCUK Fellowship at the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences. My research here combines my atmospheric and oceanic interests, and focuses on (a) understanding how the processes governing the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur may change under changing anthropogenic and environmental conditions, and (b) in evaluating the potential feedbacks on climate. 

 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

All Publications

Wang, Y., Deutscher, N. M., Palm, M., Warneke, T., Notholt, J., Baker, I., Berry, J., Suntharalingam, P., Jones, N., Mahieu, E., Lejeune, B., Hannigan, J., Conway, S., Mendonca, J., Strong, K., Campbell, J. E., Wolf, A., Kremser, S.

(2016)

Towards understanding the variability in biospheric CO2 fluxes: Using FTIR spectrometry and a chemical transport model to investigate the sources and sinks of carbonyl sulfide and its link to CO2

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

16.

pp. 2123-2138

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Suntharalingam, P., Buitenhuis, E., Le Quere, C., Dentener, F., Nevison, C., Butler, J., Bange, H., Forster, G.

(2012)

Quantifying the Impact of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition on Oceanic Nitrous Oxide

in Geophysical Research Letters

39.

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Thomas, M., Suntharalingam, P., Pozzoli, L., Devasthale, A., Kloster, S., Rast, S., Feichter, J., Lenton, T.

(2011)

Non-linearity in DMS aerosol-cloud-climate interactions

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

11.

pp. 15227-15253

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Thomas, M., Suntharalingam, P., Pozzoli, L., Rast, S., Devasthale, A., Kloster, S., Feichter, J., Lenton, T.

(2010)

Quantification of DMS aerosol-cloud-climate interactions using ECHAM5-HAMMOZ model in current climate scenario

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

10.

pp. 3087-3187

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Wang, H., Jacob, D., Kopacz, M., Jones, D., Suntharalingam, P., Fisher, J., Nassar, R., Pawson, S., Nielsen, J.

(2009)

Error correlation between CO2 and CO as constraint for CO 2 flux inversions using satellite data

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

9.

pp. 11783-11810

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Barkley, M., Palmer, P., Boone, C., Bernath, P., Suntharalingam, P.

(2008)

Global distributions of carbonyl sufide in the upper troposphere and stratosphere

in Geophysical Research Letters

35.

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Suntharalingam, P., Kettle, A., Montzka, S., Jacob, D.

(2008)

Global 3D model analysis of the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide: Implications for terrestrial vegetation uptake

in Geophysical Research Letters

35.

pp. L19801

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Palmer, P., Suntharalingam, P., Jones, D., Jacob, D., Sachse, G., Vay, S., Streets, D., Fu, Q.

(2006)

Exploiting CO2:CO correlations from aircraft concentration data in a regional atmospheric inversion

in Journal of Geophysical Research

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Suntharalingam, P., Randerson, J., Krakauer, N., Jacob, D., Logan, J.

(2005)

The influence of Reduced Carbon Emissions and Oxidation on the Distribution of Atmospheric CO2: Implications for Inversion Analyses

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

19.

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Suntharalingam, P., Jacob, D., Palmer, P., Logan, J., Yantosca, R., Xiao, Y., Evans, M., Streets, D., Vay, S., Sachse, G.

(2004)

Improved quantification of Chinese carbon fluxes using CO2/CO correlations in Asian outflow

in Journal of Geophysical Research

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Suntharalingam, P., Spivakovsky, C., Logan, J., McElroy, M.

(2003)

Estimating the distribution of terrestrial CO2 sources and sinks from atmospheric measurements: sensitivity to configuration of the observation network

in Journal of Geophysical Research

pp. 4452

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Suntharalingam, P., Sarmiento, J.

(2000)

Factors governing the oceanic nitrous oxide distribution: Simulations with an ocean general circulation model

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

14.

pp. 429-454

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Suntharalingam, P., Sarmiento, J., Toggweiler, J.

(2000)

Global significance of nitrous-oxide production and transport from oceanic low-oxygen zones: A modeling study

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

14.

pp. 1353-1370

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Key Research Interests

Biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur; constraints from other chemical species on carbon cycling processes; numerical modelling; inverse analysis methods.

Significant Publications

  • Suntharalingam, P., E. Buitenhuis, C. Le Quéré, F. Dentner, C. Nevison, J.H. Butler, H. Bange and G. Forster, Quantifying the Impact of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition on Oceanic Nitrous Oxide Formation, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 39, L07605, 2012.
  • R. Nassar, D. B. A. Jones, S. S. Kulawik, J. R. Worden, K. W. Bowman, R. J. Andres, P. Suntharalingam, J. M. Chen, C. A. M. Brenninkmeijer, T. J. Schuck, T. J. Conway, and D. E. Worthy, Inverse modeling of CO2 sources and sinks using satellite observations of CO2 from TES and surface flask measurements,Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6029-6047, 2011.
  • Thomas, MA, Suntharalingam, P, Pozzoli, L, Devasthale, A, Kloster, S, Rast, S, Feichter, J and Lenton, TM, Rate of non-linearity in DMS-aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 11175-11183, 2011.
  • M. A. Thomas, P. Suntharalingam, L. Pozzoli, S. Rast, A. Devasthale, S. Kloster, J. Feichter, and T. M. Lenton, Quantification of DMS aerosol-cloud-climate interactions using the ECHAM5-HAMMOZ model in a current climate scenario, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 7425-7438, 2010.
  • Suntharalingam, P., A. J. Kettle, S. M. Montzka, and D. J. Jacob, Global 3-D model analysis of the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide: Implications for terrestrial vegetation uptake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L19801, doi:10.1029/2008GL034332, 2008.
  • Miller, C.E., D. Crisp, P.C. DeCola, S.C. Olsen, J.T. Randerson, P. Rayner, D.J. Jacob, P. Suntharalingam, D. Jones, S.C. Doney, S. Pawson, H. Boesch, L.R. Brown, B.J. Connor, I.Y. Fung, D.O'Brien, R.J. Salawitch, Precision requirements for space-based XCO2 data, J. of Geophys. Res., 112, D10314, 2007.


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