Biography

I came to UEA in 1985 as NERC Reader in Atmospheric Chemistry based in Environmental Sciences and Chemistry. Prior to that I had worked for 17 years at AERE Harwell and was intimately involved in the research which demonstrated the significance of chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere producing acid rain and ozone. Whilst at UEA I built up a large group of atmospheric chemists who took part in experiments around the world studying the behaviour of ozone and many related gases. In 1992 I set up the Weybourne Atmospheric Observatory on funds mostly provided by BP plc. This has been responsible for documenting changes in ozone and many other gases in the atmosphere over the UK from the early 1990s until the present. From 1995 to 2000 I led the NERC ACSOE (Atmospheric Chemistry Studies in the Oceanic Environment) research programme which involved most of the UK atmospheric chemistry community and provided career opportunities for many. I have been an active member of advisory groups associated with the UN Assessment of Stratospheric Ozone, the US National Academy of Sciences, the UK Department of the Environment, the Met Office Hadley Centre, the European Union and the EUREKA EUROTRAC project. I was awarded the Gaskell Memorial Medal by the Royal Met Soc in 1987 and received the Haagen-Smit Award from Elsevier in 2003 for a paper on acid rain formation published in 1979. In 1997 I was made an affiliate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado. I am a fellow of the Royal Met Soc, a foreign member of the Max Planck Society, and a member of Academia Europaea. On my retirement in 2004 I received a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship. I continue to be active and was recently made a member of the European Research Council Panel on Earth System Sciences. I am also the chairman of the reactive gases group of the committee set up to advise the WMO Global Atmospheric Watch programme. My main research interests are now focused on observations of changing atmospheric composition at Weybourne.

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Oram, D., Mani, F., Laube, J., Newland, M., Reeves, C., Sturges, W., Penkett, S., Brenninkmeijer, C., Röckmann, T., Fraser, P.

(2012)

Long-term tropospheric trend of octafluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8 or PFC-318),

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 261-269

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Worton, D., Sturges, W., Reeves, C., Newland, M., Penkett, S., Atlas, E., Stroud, V., Johnson, K., Schmidbauer, N., Solberg, S., Schwander, J., Barnola, J.

(2012)

Evidence from firn air for recent decreases in non-methane hydrocarbons and a 20th century increase in nitrogen oxides in the northern hemisphere,

in Atmospheric Environment

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pp. 592-602

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Oram, D., Mani, F., Laube, J., Newland, M., Reeves, C., Sturges, W., Penkett, S., Brenninkmeijer, C., Röckmann, T., Fraser, P.

(2011)

Long-term tropospheric trend of octafluorocyclobutane (c-C4F8 or PFC-318),

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

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pp. 19089-19111

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Worton, D., Reeves, C., Penkett, S., Sturges, W., Slemr, J., Oram, D., Bandy, B., Bloss, W., Carslaw, N., Davey, J., Emmerson, K., Gravestock, T., Hamilton, J., Heard, D., Hopkins, J., Hulse, A., Ingram, T., Jacob, M., Lee, J., Leigh, R., Lewis, A., Monks, P., Smith, S.

(2010)

Alkyl nitrate photochemistry during the tropospheric organic chemistry experiment,

in Atmospheric Environment

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pp. 773-785

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Brenninkmeijer, C., Crutzen, P., Boumard, F., Dauer, T., Dix, B., Ebinghaus, R., Filippi, D., Fischer, H., Franke, H., Friess, U., Heintzenberg, J., Helleis, F., Hermann, M., Kock, H., Koeppel, C., Lelieveld, J., Leuenberger, M., Martinsson, B., Miemczyk, S., Moret, H., Nguyen, H., Nyfeler, P., Oram, D., O'Sullivan, D., Penkett, S., Platt, U., Pupek, M., Ramonet, M., Randa, B., Reichelt, M., Rhee, T., Rohwer, J., Rosenfeld, K., Scharffe, D., Schlager, H., Schumann, U., Slemr, F., Sprung, D., Stock, P., Thaler, R., Valentino, F., Van Velthoven, P., Waibel, A., Wandel, A., Waschitschek, K., Wiedensohler, A., Xueref-Remy, I., Zahn, A., Zech, U., Ziereis, H.

(2007)

Civil Aircraft for the regular investigation of the atmosphere based on an instrumented container: The new CARIBIC system,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 4953-4976

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Sommariva, R., Pilling, M., Bloss, W., Heard, D., Lee, J., Fleming, Z., Monks, P., Plane, J., Saiz Lopez, A., Ball, S., Bitter, M., Jones, R., Brough, N., Penkett, S., Hopkins, J., Lewis, A., Read, K.

(2007)

Night-time radical chemistry during the NAMBLEX campaign,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 587-598

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Penkett, S., Burgess, R., Coe, H., Coll, I., Hov, O., Lindskog, A., Schmidbauer, N., Solberg, S., Roemer, M., Thijsse, T., Beck, J., Reeves, C.

(2007)

Evidence for large average concentrations of the nitrate radical (NO3) in Western Europe from the HANSA hydrocarbon database,

in Atmospheric Environment

41

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pp. 3465-3478

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Reeves, C., Slemr, J., Oram, D., Worton, D., Penkett, S., Stewart, D., Purvis, R., Watson, N., Hopkins, J., Lewis, A., Methven, J., Blake, D., Atlas, E.

(2007)

Alkyl nitrates in outflow from North America over the North Atlantic during Intercontinental Transport of Ozone and Precursors 2004,

in Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres

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Fleming, Z., Monks, P., Rickard, A., Bandy, B., Brough, N., Green, T., Reeves, C., Penkett, S.

(2006)

Seasonal dependence of peroxy radical concentrations at a Northern hemisphere marine boundary layer site during summer and winter: evidence for radical activity in winter,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 5415-5433

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Fleming, Z., Monks, P., Rickard, A., Heard, D., Bloss, W., Seakins, P., Still, T., Sommariva, R., Pilling, M., Morgan, R., Green, T., Brough, N., Mills, G., Penkett, S., Lewis, A., Lee, J., Saiz-Lopez, A., Plane, J.

(2006)

Peroxy radical chemistry and the control of ozone photochemistry at Mace Head, Ireland during the summer of 2002,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 2193-2214

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Harrison, R., Yin, J., Tilling, R., Cai, X., Seakins, P., Hopkins, J., Lansley, D., Lewis, A., Hunter, M., Heard, D., Carpenter, L., Creasey, D., Lee, J., Pilling, M., Carslaw, N., Emmerson, K., Redington, A., Derwent, R., Ryall, D., Mills, G., Penkett, S.

(2006)

Measurement and modelling of air pollution and atmospheric chemistry in the U.K. West Midlands conurbation: Overview of the PUMA Consortium project,

in Science of the Total Environment

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pp. 5-25

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Green, T., Reeves, C., Fleming, Z., Brough, I., Rickard, A., Bandy, B., Monks, P., Penkett, S.

(2006)

An improved dual channel PERCA instrument for atmospheric measurements of peroxy radicals,

in Journal of Environmental Monitoring

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pp. 530-536

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Heard, D., Read, K., Methven, J., Al-Haider, S., Bloss, W., Johnson, G., Pilling, M., Seakins, P., Smith, S., Sommariva, R., Stanton, J., Still, T., Ingham, T., Brooks, B., De Leeuw, G., Jackson, A., McQuaid, J., Morgan, R., Smith, M., Carpenter, L., Carslaw, N., Hamilton, J., Hopkins, J., Lee, J., Lewis, A., Purvis, R., Wevill, D., Brough, N., Green, T., Mills, G., Penkett, S., Plane, J., Saiz-Lopez, A., Worton, D., Monks, P., Fleming, Z., Rickard, A., Alfarra, M., Allan, J., Bower, K., Coe, H., Cubison, M., Flynn, M., McFiggins, G., Gallagher, M., Norton, E., O'Dowd, C., Shillito, J., Topping, D., Vaughan, G., Williams, P., Bitter, M., Ball, S., Jones, R., Povey, I., O'Doherty, S., Simmonds, P., Allen, A., Kinnersley, R., Beddows, D., Dall'Osto, M., Harrison, R., Donovan, R., Heal, M., Jennings, S., Noone, C., Spain, G.

(2006)

The North Atlantic Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (NAMBLEX). Overview of the campaign held at Mace Head, Ireland, in summer 2002,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 2241-2272

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Lee, J., Lewis, A., Monks, P., Jacob, M., Hamilton, J., Hopkins, J., Watson, N., Saxton, J., Ennis, C., Carpenter, L., Carslaw, N., Fleming, Z., Bandy, B., Oram, D., Penkett, S., Slemr, J., Norton, E., Rickard, A., Whalley, L., Heard, D., Bloss, W., Gravestock, T., Smith, S., Stanton, J., Pilling, M., Jenkin, M.

(2006)

Ozone photochemistry and elevated isoprene during the UK heatwave of August 2003,

in Atmospheric Environment

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pp. 7598-7613

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Still, T., Al-Haider, S., Seakins, P., Sommariva, R., Stanton, J., Mills, G., Penkett, S.

(2006)

Ambient formaldehyde measurements made at a remote marine boundary layer site during the NAMBLEX campaign - A comparison of data from chromatographic and modified Hantzsch techniques,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 2711-2726

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Brenninkmeijer, C., Slemr, F., Koeppel, C., Scharffe, D., Pupek, M., Lelieveld, J., Crutzen, P., Zahn, A., Sprung, S., Fischer, H., Hermann, M., Reichelt, M., Heintzenherg, J., Schlager, H., Ziees, H., Schumann, U., Dix, B., Platt, U., Ebinghaus, R., Martinsson, B., Ciais, P., Filippi, D., Leuenberger, M., Oram, D., Penkett, S., van Velthoven, P., Waibel, A.

(2005)

Analyzing atmospheric trace gases and aerosols using passenger aircraft,

in Eos

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pp. 77-88

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Brough, N., Reeves, C., Penkett, S., Stewart, D., Dewey, K., Kent, J., Barjat, H., Monks, P., Ziereis, H., Stock, P., Huntrieser, H., Schlager, H.

(2003)

Intercomparison of aircraft instruments on board the C-130 and Falcon 20 over southern Germany during EXPORT 2000,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 2127-2138

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Brough, N., Reeves, C., Penkett, S., Stewart, D., Dewey, K., Kent, J., Barjat, H., Monks, P., Ziereis, H., Stock, P., Huntrieser, H., Schlager, H., Aufmhoff, H.

(2003)

Intercomparison of aircraft instruments on board the C - 130 Hercules and Falcon 20 over eastern Europe during EXPORT 2000,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions (ACPD)

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Carpenter, L., Liss, P., Penkett, S.

(2003)

Marine organohalogens in the atmosphere over the Atlantic and Southern Oceans,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

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Krol, M., Lelieveld, J., Oram, D., Sturrock, G., Penkett, S., Brenninkmeijer, C., Gros, V., Williams, J., Scheeren, H.

(2003)

Continuing emissions of methyl chloroform from Europe,

in Nature

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pp. 131-135

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Key Research Interests

Atmospheric composition and chemistry; influence of human activities on the natural system.

Significant Publications

  • Sturges, W.T., T.J. Wallington, M.D. Hurley, K.P Shine, K. Sihra, A. Engel, D.E. Oram, S.A. Penkett, R. Mulvaney, and C.A.M. Brenninkmeijer, (2000) A potent new greenhouse gas identified in the atmosphere: SF5CF3. Science289, 611-613,
  • Sturges, W.T., S.A. Penkett, J.M. Barnola, J. Chappellaz, E. Atlas, and V. Stroud, A (2001) Long-term record of carbonyl sulfide (COS) in two hemispheres from firn air measurements. Geophys. Res. Lett.,28(21), 4095-4098,
  • Sturges, W.T., H.P. McIntyre, S.A. Penkett, J. Chappellaz, J.-M. Barnola, R. Mulvaney, E. Atlas, and V. Stroud, (2001), Methyl bromide, other brominated methanes and methyl iodide in polar firn air. J. Geophys. Res.106(D2), 1595-1606. DOI: 10.1029/2000JD900511
  • Reeves, C.E. and S.A. Penkett, (2003). Measurements of peroxides and what they tell us. Chem. Rev.,103, 5199-5218. DOI: 10.1021/cr0205053
  • Zanis P, P.S. Monks, T.J. Green, E. Schuepbach, L.J. Carpenter, G.P. Mills, A.R. Rickard, N. Brough, andS.A. Penkett, (2003) Seasonal variation of peroxy radicals in the lower free troposphere based on observations from the FREE Tropospheric EXperiments in the Swiss Alps. Geophys. Res. Lttr.30(10): art. no. 1497. DOI: 10.1029/2003GL017122
  • Penkett, S.A., R.A. Burgess, H. Coe, I. Coll, Ø. Hov, A. Lindskog, N. Schmidbauer, S.Solberg, M. Roemer, T. Thijsse, J. Beck and C.E. Reeves, (2007), Evidence for large average concentrations of the nitrate radical (NO3) in Western Europe from the HANSA hydrocarbon database. Atmos. Environ.41, 3465–3478. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2006.11.055

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