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Part of the reason for the GEOmon blog is to get to know the people who work on the project. Our first profile is of Zoë Fleming who works in Activity 2. She is also chairing the GEOmon Gender Committee this year, helping to ensure that the conditions are in place to allow women to develop their careers in science.


Zoe up a tower at the Weybourne atmospheric observatory

I have been working on the trace gas project of GEOMON for just over 2 years and have enjoyed the international and interdisciplinary nature of being a part of this community. I grew up in Brussels and then moved to Edinburgh to study Environmental Chemistry.

My first research experience was at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany, looking at atmosphere-ocean interactions, which included laboratory work and field work in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. I then did a PhD in Leicester, England, measuring the radicals that are involved in tropospheric ozone formation. I have since worked on field work in Antarctica with Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey, for Greenpeace International’s research unit and researching the communication of climate change and sustainable development issues at De Montfort university.

Weybourne footprint for May 2008

A plot of the monthly footprint of the air arriving at Weybourne using the Met office's NAME dispersion model.

I am now working for the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), based at Leicester University on determining trends in atmospheric trace gases at measurement stations around Europe and in the Atlantic ocean. Part of my work involves the GEOMON harmonisation and comparison of European trace gas datasets and detecting trends in ozone across Europe.


Zoe measuring Persistant Organic Pollutants in the Arctic Ocean

At present I am only doing data analysis and no longer do field work or take measurements myself but studying the meteorology and characteristics of the measurement stations does bring the data to life and make me content in being an environmental scientist. Knowing that our research contributes to future air quality and carbon reduction policies makes me feel like I am doing my bit to understand and protect our environment.


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