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Dr Mathew Heal

Dr Mathew Heal
Reader in Environmental Chemistry
Room 286

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

0131 650 4764

Research Interests: 
Measurement and modelling of atmospheric trace species concentrations and fluxes. Urban air quality and the impacts on health.

Our research group, in collaboration with many other colleagues, uses a combination of field measurements and modelling to investigate atmospheric composition, surface-atmosphere fluxes, and air pollution, and the impacts of these on the terrestrial environment and on human health. Current areas of research include:

  • Ambient particulate matter (PM) and NO2 measurement validation and inter-comparison, and the measurement and modelling of small-scale spatial and temporal variations in urban air pollution for estimating human exposure;
  • Characterization of airborne PM to determine its sources and atmospheric chemical evolution, and for application to epidemiological and toxicity studies;
  • High-resolution modelling of atmospheric chemistry, with particular focus on ozone and particulate matter, to understand current and potential future impacts on atmospheric composition and on human health burdens;
  • Measurement of the concentrations and surface fluxes of trace gases from terrestrial systems such as wetlands, forests and bioenergy crops;
Environmental analysis and sampling equipment

Wu, H., Reis, S., Lin, C., Heal, M.R. (2017) Effect of monitoring network design on land-use regression models for estimating residential NO2 concentration, Atmospheric Environment 149, 24-33.

Masey, N., Gillespie, J., Heal, M.R., Hamilton, S., Beverland, I.J. (2017) Influence of wind-speed on short-duration NO2 measurements using Palmes and Ogawa passive diffusion samplers. Atmospheric Environment 160, 70-76.

Lin, C., Heal, M.R., Vieno, M., et al. (2017) Spatiotemporal evaluation of EMEP4UK-WRF v4.3 atmospheric chemistry transport simulations of health-related metrics for NO2, O3, PM10 and PM2.5 for 2001-2010, Geoscientific Model Development 10, 1767-1787.

Ots, R., Young, D.E., Vieno, M., et al. (2016) Simulating secondary organic aerosol from missing diesel-related intermediate-volatility organic compound emissions during the Clean Air for London (ClearfLo) campaign, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16, 6453-6473.

Lin, C., Feng, X., Heal, M.R. (2016) Temporal persistence of intra-urban spatial contrasts in ambient NO2, O3 and Ox in Edinburgh, UK, Atmospheric Pollution Research doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2016.03.008.

Vieno, M., Heal, M.R., Williams, M.L., Carnell, E.J., Nemitz, E., Stedman, J.R., Reis, S. (2016) The sensitivities of emissions reductions for the mitigation of UK PM2.5, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16, 265-276.

Morrison, E.C., Drewer, J. and Heal, M.R. (2015) A comparison of isoprene and monoterpene emission rates from the perennial bioenergy crops short rotation coppice willow and Miscanthus and the annual arable crops wheat and oilseed rape, Global Change Biology: Bioenergy, 8, 211-225

Kenagy, H.S., Lin, C., Wu, H., Heal, M. (2015) Greater nitrogen dioxide concentrations at child versus adult breathing heights close to urban main road kerbside, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health doi: 10.1007/s11869-015-0370-3

Wu, H., Reis, S., Lin, C., Beverland, I.J. and Heal, M.R. (2015) Identifying drivers for the intra-urban spatial variability of airborne particulate matter components and their interrelationships, Atmospheric Environment 112, 306-316.

Malley, C.S., Heal, M.R., Mills, G., Braban, C.F. (2015) Trends and drivers of ozone human health and vegetation impact metrics from UK EMEP supersite measurements 1990-2013, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics 15, 4025-4042