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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: 
Field and laboratory measurements 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 and NO2 measurement method 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 particulate matter 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 volatile organic compounds from terrestrial systems such as wetlands, salt marshes, woodlands and bioenergy crops
Environmental analysis and sampling equipment

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.

Lin, C., Gillespie, J., Schuder, M.D., Duberstein, W., Beverland, I.J. and Heal, M.R. (2015) Evaluation and calibration of Aeroqual Series 500 portable gas sensors for accurate measurement of ambient ozone and nitrogen dioxide, Atmospheric Environment 100, 111-116.

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

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 doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12257.

Vieno, M., Heal, M.R., Hallsworth, S. et al. (2014) The role of long-range transport and domestic emissions in determining atmospheric secondary inorganic particle concentrations across the UK, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics 14, 8435-8847.

Heal, M.R. and Hammonds, M.D. (2014) Insights into the composition and sources of rural, urban and roadside carbonaceous PM10, Environmental Science & Technology 48, 8995-9003

Copeland, N., Cape, J.N., Nemitz, E., Heal, M.R. (2014) Volatile organic compound speciation within and above a Douglas Fir Forest, Atmospheric Environment 94, 86-95

Heal, M.R., Heaviside, C., Doherty, R.M., Vieno, M., Stevenson, D.S. and Vardoulakis, S. (2013) Health burdens of surface ozone in the UK for a range of future scenarios, Environment International 61, 36-42

Hardacre, C.J. and Heal, M.R. (2013) Characterisation of methyl bromide and methyl chloride fluxes at temperate freshwater wetlands, Journal of Geophysical Research 118, 977-991, doi:10.1029/2012JD018424

Beverland, I.J., Robertson, C., Yap, C., Heal, M.R., Cohen, G. et al. (2012) Comparison of models for estimation of long-term exposure to air pollution in cohort studies, Atmospheric Environment 62, 530-539